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Notre Dame fire smoke danger

What is the latest on the danger of staying near Notre Dame? We will be staying on Isle St Louis for 3 weeks and walking about the Latin Quarter, Marais, and St. Germain districts.
thanks, Tom

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Zero and it has been since not too long after the fire. There were concerns about the melted lead from the roof but that has been ameliorated. You really can't get very close anyway. From Isle Saint-Louis you can walk behind Notre Dame but there is what was a park between you and the actual structure. Building construction materiel is now staged here.

Here is a googlemaps street view that shows the fencing around the back side of Notre Dame. You'll walk down this street to go over to the Left Bank.

https://goo.gl/maps/C9yf6Qx5hCC9JyDy5

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When exactly are you planning to be walking around in Paris? Presumably you know about the COVID issues there...? I'd be more focused on that than worries about the fire in the cathedral months ago.

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Wow, this post just made me realize that it's been almost a year since that fire (April 15, 2019). Time sure does fly by.

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This is dangerous .. LEAD .. is always dangerous :/

Yes, lead is dangerous and after the fire the presence of lead was a danger. It has long since been cleaned up - was one of the first issues addressed to make the area safe for the workers and the nearby residents.

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When did you hope you would be going to Paris ?

“ fire smoke danger “

That makes no sense - the fire was a year ago

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Seriously? There are other worries at present... If your trip is between now and the end of May it 99% won't happen anyway, and by now even this summer looks very much on the fence. Hopefully things will have subsided here in France, but with the US' sheer size and slightly delayed onset of the pandemic I am less confident about you guys. Sorry for the gloomy post, but I am typing this from my apartment in state-enforced quarantine...

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Yes, balso, you are correct about awareness of the situation. We arrived back in the US on Monday and were very surprised how many people were still going about their business. It’s still a bit abstract here, despite the hoarding. Two friends in their 80s went on a major shopping trip to 3 big box stores yesterday, a younger friend had a therapeutic massage— both forbidden in France now. But then in France last week, we saw lots of young people in cafés at night and Luxembourg Gardens on Sunday was jammed. The confinement got the message across. It is just beginning here.

End of May will be just beginning of the first peak dropping. There will be more peaks. IMHO, 2020 is done for. China did an excellent job once they stopped denying, but now two months later we can’t even think about a visit.

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Thank you Vic for repeating the process and dangers.
We went through border control and then the CDC process: questionnaire, temperature check, instructions, individual questioning. At home, we need to take our temperatures twice a day, record them, and have them available for our public health office. Finally, we are isolated at home for 14 days. However, considering our age, we plan to be at home for several months, dependent on grocery deliveries. I'll share if we are negative.