Covid-19 : prefects allowed to impose the mask in 'public places that are open - The Point

New stage in France in the fight against the epidemic of Covid-19. Friday, 31 July, Olivier Veran has indicated that the prefects will now be allowed, to " ext

Covid-19 : prefects allowed to impose the mask in 'public places that are open - The Point

New stage in France in the fight against the epidemic of Covid-19. Friday, 31 July, Olivier Veran has indicated that the prefects will now be allowed, to " extend the obligation of wearing a mask in public places opened by decree ". "This decision may be made locally, depending on the evolution of the epidemic in each jurisdiction," added the minister of Health. Soon after this announcement, the prefect of Lille has announced that the mask will be mandatory as early as Sunday midnight in some areas of the metropolis.

The mandatory wearing of masks in an open space but a very popular spread in the cities to combat the spread of the Covid-19, as in the centre of Biarritz, on the ramparts of Saint-Malo or the banks of the Loire in Orleans. On Thursday, several municipalities have announced that the measure would be in place with varying maturities in their town centres or in busy areas, be they markets or tourist sites.

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The measures are "necessary"

These measures are " necessary to protect the holidaymakers and the Biarrots ", explained the mayor LR Biarritz Maider Arosteguy, announcing the mandatory wearing of the mask in the center and the beach of Port-Vieux as of Monday. The " attendance for the month of July has been very strong and we fear a month of August even more difficult to manage in the face of the health crisis ", she said. The nearby Bayonne will do the same, added the mayor, stating that " as it is consistent to consider these issues on an inter-municipal plan, can be other cities from the basque coast will follow ".

In Brittany, in Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine), one of the most touristic places of the region, the measure will apply until the 30th of August in the city intra-muros and on the ramparts. According to the mayor LR Gilles Lurton, the old walled city attracts both permanent residents, secondary residents, visitors to the day and the tourists on holiday, densifier and its attendance ".

A measure taken at the end of July in La Rochelle and Argelès

In the Centre-Val de Loire, at Orleans, the mask will be mandatory on the markets from Friday, until 30 September, and from 21 hours to 6 hours on the quays of the right bank of the Loire, the scene of many nightly gatherings. It is a "space constrained where large flows of pedestrian traffic and interaction between people in an environment of promiscuity immediate are inevitable," says the city.

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In Loire-Atlantic, the Turballe, the mask will be mandatory from Saturday until 31 August, in some areas. Because of " an influx of tourists during the summer season ", the distancing physical "at least one metre between the two parties may not be as difficult respected in the public space," says the municipality. These are also on the markets of Bayeux (Calvados), the masks need to be worn on Saturday.

The port of the mask is now mandatory in enclosed public places since July 20, and may even enforce a fine of 135 euros in case of violation. On Wednesday, the minister of Health Olivier Veran had referred to discussions with the prefect and the director of the ARS of the North planning to make the mask mandatory in the outdoors, " given the proximity with Belgium ", faced an increase in cases in recent days. At the end of July, a similar measure had already been taken in several coastal cities, like La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime) or Argelès-sur-Mer (Pyrénées-Orientales) to combat a relaxation of good practice in the face of the Covid-19.

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