France orders curfew at seaside resort in Brittany after virus outbreak

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French officials have ordered nighttime curfews for the beaches of the Breton seaside resort of Quiberon on the Atlantic coast, after a rapidly spreading COVID-19 cluster appeared last week.

Parks and gardens will also be closed every evening to avoid large gatherings of young people in particular, the top government official for the region said on Sunday evening.

Officials across the country are on high alert as people travel the country for summer vacation, increasing the risk of further outbreaks as compliance with social distancing rules declines.

Face masks became mandatory in all enclosed public spaces last week, and the government warned localized lockdowns may again be needed.

On Saturday, testing for COVID-19 was made free without a prescription throughout France.

Quiberon, a picturesque peninsula popular with families, recorded its first case of COVID-19 last Tuesday, and the total has already risen to 54.

Its mayor quickly demanded face masks in open-air markets and busy streets.

“Nevertheless, in view of the rapid development of the situation, the mayor of Quiberon has issued a decree to close beaches, parks and public gardens from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.,” the government official said in a statement.

“State services urge the entire population of Quiberon to greatly reduce their social contacts and to respect preventive measures,” the statement said.

France, where the death toll from the virus stands at 30,192 victims, is currently registering more than 1,000 new cases per day across the country, health authorities announced on Friday.


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