Beaches in France are already starting to close in Brittany as the public refuses to stick to social distancing measures against the coronavirus
THREE cities in northwestern France will close their beaches just days after they reopen, after too many visitors have ignored the rules of social distancing.
Authorities say residents have asked them to close the beaches on the eve of a public holiday on Thursday, which risks attracting too many visitors to the Brittany coast.
Hundreds of French beaches reopened last weekend to swimmers, paddleboarders and fishermen as the country eased restrictions, but most have banned sunbathing or picnics as part of social distancing. The government attributes the closure to tens of thousands of lives saved, but the economy has suffered – in particular the tourism industry, which accounts for around 8% of France’s economic output.
Morbihan prefecture has said that Damgan, Billiers and Erdeven beaches will be closed from Wednesday evening due to “unacceptable behavior” last weekend. The Beachgoers had failed to keep a safe distance from each other and gathered in “several static groups,” the officials said.