France has declared that all non-essential stores, restaurants, movie theaters and cafes will be shut down starting Sunday to prevent the spread of coronavirus throughout the country.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said public services such as banks, grocery stores and pharmacies will be allowed to remain open.
French authorities had already shut down all schools, banned large gatherings of more than 100 people and advised citizens to limit their social encounters. Philippe said these measures were “not well-implemented,” according to The Associated Press.
“We must show all together more discipline,” he added.
However, nation-wide municipal elections will go ahead as scheduled, but with special measures in place to minimize contact and shared materials.
The Israeli government also shut down restaurants, cafes and movie theaters starting Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.
Netanyahut said the country will be closing cultural and recreational establishments, as well as banning indoor gatherings of over 10 people.
Netanyahu called on Benny Gantz to form an “emergency unity government” to tackle the spread of the virus.
Fox News’ Trey Yingst and The Associated Press contributed to this story.