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02 April 2020. Hesdin, Pas de Calais, France.
Coronavirus - COVID-19 in Northern France.
Easing restrictions on local markets. People, some wearing masks wait in line for entry into a tabac - a tobacconist for their cigarettes and newspapers. For the first time since government restrictions came into force, the main market in Hesdin has been permitted to re-open. The historical town has hosted a usually vibrant and bustling market since the middle ages. With stall holders limited and many suffering huge financial losses, those selling food today were happy to be back to work despite the ongoing risks posed by coronavirus.
Shoppers, many wearing masks were mostly maintaining their social distancing with people happy to be out and able to meet and talk with other people. A lot of shoppers were elderly people who have been trapped in their homes for weeks. One shopper complained of 'la misère,' - the misery of this virus and being stuck in her home.
Anyone leaving their home must carry with them an 'attestation,' in a effect a self administered permit to allow them out of the house. If stopped by the police, one must produce a valid permit along with identification papers. Failure to do so is punishable with heavy fines. Movement in France has been heavily restricted by the government and today's market re-opening was a brief return to normalcy for many able to escape the confines of their homes.
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