Paris makes masks compulsory in busy outdoor sites

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People wear a protective face mask in front of the Eiffel Tower, as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the Covid-19 disease, in Paris, France, 09 August 2020. At the request of the Paris Mayor, the protective face mask become obligatory in some districts of Paris from 10 August on. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Paris makes masks compulsory in busy outdoor sites

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08593944 People wear a protective face mask in front of the Eiffel Tower, as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the Covid-19 disease, in Paris, France, 09 August 2020.

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The measure applies to major tourist spots, including the banks of the River Seine and Montmartre, with the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe being exempted from the restrictions. The new measure, that applies to everyone over the age of 11, will be in place for at least a month, and those not complying with new restrictions could face a €135 fine. New restrictions cover “areas with high frequentation of people”, said a deputy Paris major, Audrey Pulvar. Local authorities in several cities across the country, including Lille, Nice, Marseille and Toulouse, have already adopted similar measures, while wearing a face mask was already mandatory in closed public spaces, such as supermarkets and shops in the capital. It came amid an alarming surge of COVID-19 infections across the country, with new cases exceeding 2,200 daily, prompting fears of a second Coronavirus wave. As of Monday, August 10, face masks have become compulsory in busy outdoor areas in the French capital, Paris, in a bit to curb a surge in COVID-19 infections.