On Saturday night the Prime Minister of France ordered the closure of all "non-essential" commerce beginning at midnight on Saturday. He said that groceries, pharmacies, tobacconists and petrol stations can remain open. “I have decided to close all non-essential locations, notably cafés, restaurants, cinemas, nightclubs and shops,” he said. “We must absolutely limit our movements.”
This means that all museums, art galleries and chateaux have closed until further notice. This has had an immediate effect on our business as Susan was supposed to be doing three days of walking tours of chateaux, starting yesterday. We have also had three other multi-day tours cancelled.
Luckily there is no ban on going out of the house, so yesterday we went on a little walk in the countryside. It was a lovely warm spring day, and our friends Alison and Bob joined us. We were, of course, sensible - no bises, no handshakes, and we maintained a healthy 1.5 metre personal space gap between us. The above photos were taken on the walk.
It would be ironic if the lockdown meant that we went walking in the country more often.