At the same time, the French Minister of Interior, Gerald Darmanin, said that 12,000 police officers will be mobilized especially to ensure compliance with the quarantine.

President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday that the night quarantine will be imposed between 21.00 and 06.00, in nine metropolises in order to stop the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We must act. We need to stop the spread of the virus, “Macron said, adding that he hoped the new measures would reduce the number of daily infections to about 3,000. In the last six days, France has exceeded the threshold of 20,000 new contaminations three times.

Macron urged the French to limit private meetings to “a maximum of six people.”

Nine metropolises are targeted by restrictions: Paris, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Rouen and Toulouse.

The quarantine will be imposed for at least a month and will affect about 20 million people.

Fines for those who violate the restrictions are 135 euros.

Restaurants will be able to make deliveries.

On Wednesday, France reported 22,591 new infections.