So while the US fiddles while Rome and New York burn, the French are giving us new instructions. Apparently, too many people were taking the admonition to exercise a bit too freely. So the Prime Minister announced last night:
– if you walk or jog (known in French as “le footing”) you may do so once a day, for one hour total, no more than 1 kilometer from your place of residence. On your permission to go out paper, you need to note the time as well as the date. I don’t think this applies to walking the dog, but I’m not sure. I’m sure there will be a further clarification.
– biking for exercise is not permitted, despite German chancellor Merkel’s advice to her countrymen to do just that.
It is a very strange time here. Everything is closed, including the post offices, but I’ve been instructed by the state medical social security (CPAM) to send a package by mail. They also want me to print out my bank statements for the past 6 months and I don’t have enough ink for my printer. I’ve ordered more online but am not sure when or if it will arrive.
But happily, the boulangeries are still open, along with the grocery stores, with wine, cheese and fresh fruit, etc. Here to make you jealous is my lunch—quiche with tomatoes and goat cheese.
At 8 pm every night we all go out on our balcony and applaud the health service workers. turn on the sound.