First day of confinement
It’s a special day … New Caledonia is having its first day of confinement! Since this night midnight and for at least 15 days, the country will live in slow motion. The rule that applies to the entire population is clear and simple: you have to stay at home and limit your travels to the bare minimum to avoid the spread of the virus.
8 positive cases
Three new cases of coronavirus were confirmed last night, that is, eight people infected in a week. The patients were placed in solitary confinement at the Medipole. Investigations are underway to retrace their journey.
A compulsory travel certificate
From today, « everyone must have either a professional certificate or a certificate of derogatory travel ». The High Commissioner detailed how to use the derogatory certificate of displacement : « This is an honor certificate signed by yourself. The individual certificate can be downloaded and printed or copied on plain paper if you are unable to print it. It must be completed, dated and signed for each non-professional trip or for self-employed workers. ”
Regarding professional certificate : « This is a certificate signed by the employer stating the absolute necessity for the person who holds it to travel to work. It must be completed and stamped by the employer. The employer’s certificate is valid for the entire period it will define and therefore does not have to be renewed every day. It only relates to the commute to work. The certificates must be paper certificates. A tablet or smartphone version will not be valid. «
Other outings are tolerated:
• « to shop for basic necessities, that is to say to buy food and hygiene products »;
• “for health-related reasons of course”;
• « for imperative family displacements or assistance to vulnerable people or naturally for the care of children in the case of separated families »;
• and « for trips that must be very brief and close to your home, in order to do some physical activity, especially when you live in an apartment, or walk your pet ».
The first economic measures
A plan is still under discussion, but the government announced first steps on Monday. In particular, the Prime Minister was asked to apply the national solidarity plan locally, that is, aid of 56 billion CFP francs to support Caledonian jobs and businesses.
For the government, it is a question of adapting the Caledonian labor law. To allow in particular « the establishment of a partial unemployment scheme on the basis of support over two months, with the same level as in mainland France, to return to just over 80% of the last net salary , based on 4.5 SMG ‘.
Among the other main measures, “the postponement of social security contributions for three months, the postponement of direct tax deadlines, a solidarity fund scheme to support VSEs and SMEs and a dedicated aid fund for crisis management for New -Caledonia, on the various costs linked to this crisis ”.
« A particular focus will naturally be made on local airlines which are now completely stopped and which must be maintained, » the government also announced.
The government will work with the provinces to provide direct assistance to businesses and the self-employed who will be affected by the crisis.
To better communicate on the coronavirus, the government announces the establishment this Monday evening of a dedicated website: www.covid19.nc with all the practical information and situation reports.
Which businesses can remain open?
Stores selling goods and services, as well as shopping centers, can no longer accommodate customers, except for their order picking or delivery activity. But it lists the businesses for which this public reception can be maintained, by derogation.
1. General food stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, multi-market stores, hypermarkets and frozen product stores.
2. Retail stores of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, bread, pastry and confectionery, drinks.
3. Other food retail businesses in specialized stores.
4. Food retail stores and markets, if a movement plan for people is planned.
5. Food distributions ensured by charitable associations.
6. Pharmacies and retail stores for pharmaceutical, medical and orthopedic products.
7. Retail stores of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, vaping equipment and devices in specialized stores.
8. Banks, insurance, financial activities and post offices
9. Service stations.
10. Maintenance and repair centers for motor vehicles, vehicles, agricultural machinery and equipment.
11. Trade in automotive equipment and agricultural spare parts;
12. Trade and repair of motorcycles and cycles.
13. Retail trade of information and communication equipment.
14. Retail trade in computers, peripheral units and software and the repair of personal and household goods, ditto for communication equipment.
15. Retail stores of telecommunications equipment in specialized stores.
16. Retail stores of building materials, hardware, drugstore, paints and glass.
17. Retail stores of newspapers and stationery in specialized stores.
18. Hotels, and similar accommodation.
19. Tourist accommodation, and other short-term accommodation, when it constitutes a regular home for the people who live there.
20. The rental of cars and machines (equipment and goods, agricultural equipment, equipment for construction).
21. The activities of temporary work agencies.
22. Laundries, dyers and ironing activities.
23. Funeral services.
24. Retail trade in pet food and supplies.
Be careful, just because a sign matches the list does not mean that it will remain open. Quite the contrary. Many stores or services that could continue their activity in contact with the public have already announced that they are temporarily closing, or switching to teleworking mode.
Reduced traffic on public transport
The Tanéo network will continue to ensure continuity of public service, in Nouméa and in Greater Nouméa. But the rotations of Tanéo and Néobus are modified: 70% of the connections are suspended. The SMTU ensures that everything is done to preserve the safety of drivers and users.
Some confined to hotels will be able to return home
1,000 people are still in confinement in Noumea hotels requisitioned by the government. What requires significant resources said yesterday Christopher Gygès, the government spokesman. The DASS, the Directorate of Health and Social Affairs, has indeed asked for help from school nurses in middle and high schools.
Some confined persons may also return home. Authorizations granted « on a case-by-case basis, and on the basis of a strict protocol »: total confinement at home, without symptoms of course, and without contact with other people.
Nearly 800 other travelers are still confined to their homes.