Wearing a face mask outdoors in some crowded parts of Paris will become mandatory next week, as France battles a surge in coronavirus infections.
Areas of the French capital where the new measures will be enforced include the banks of the River Seine and along the Canal St Martin as well as open-air markets and other places where social distancing is difficult, local officials said.
Tourist sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees boulevard were not included.
France is experience a spike in coronavirus infections. More than 2,200 new cases were reported on Friday, the biggest single-day increase since May. That brought the total for the week to 9,330.
Image: People wearing protective masks walks near the Louvre Museum
Under the new measures, masks will become mandatory for all people aged 11 and over as of Monday morning and will remain in place for one month.
Those breaching the order face a fine of €135 (£120).
Wearing a mask outdoors is also mandatory in some crowded parts of cities including Marseilles, the country’s second largest, Nice and Lille. The glamorous French Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez is also requiring face masks outdoors.
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France has suffered more than 30,000 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic.
The country made it compulsory to wear a face mask in closed public spaces such as shops and banks since 21 July.
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The national government’s top scientific body said this week that the situation is “precarious”.
“We could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control, like in Spain,” it said.
“It is highly likely that we will experience a second epidemic wave this autumn or winter.”
European countries are experiencing new flare-ups after easing lockdown restrictions to try to limit the economic damage and alleviate public frustration.
Source : Sky News