Rules on wearing masks in the open come into force in the regions of France hardest hit by Covid-19

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                Les règles sur le port de masques à l'extérieur dans les régions les plus durement touchées de la France entrent en vigueur lundi, la dernière décision visant à resserrer les restrictions relatives aux coronavirus après qu'un décret national le mois dernier a obligé les gens à porter des masques dans tous les lieux publics intérieurs.  La pression augmente sur le gouvernement pour imposer l'utilisation de masques à l'extérieur dans tout le pays.
            

Les stations balnéaires le long de la côte atlantique de la France, les promenades pittoresques le long de la Loire et les marchés de producteurs dans les Alpes font partie des régions de France où les gens sont désormais tenus de porter des masques à l'extérieur.

People are also required to wear masks along many parts of the city of Nice in southern France, Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Monday, including on the tourist boulevard, the Promenade des Anglais.

France has seen an increase in coronavirus infections and hundreds of new clusters in recent weeks, especially as young people gather in cafes or parties and families gather for summer vacation.

Since Monday, 69 cities in the region of Mayenne, in western France, have imposed rules on outdoor masks.

France reported 7,000 new cases last week, after nearly bringing the virus under control with a strict two-month national lockdown that ran from March 17 to May 11.

The new Prime Minister Jean Castex arrived Monday morning in Lille for a quick visit intended to take stock of the resurgence of the virus there. Wearing a mask is now compulsory in many open public spaces in the north of the city.

In the Lille metropolitan area, with 1.2 million inhabitants, the authorities report a “worrying” progression of the epidemic, with an incidence rate almost doubled in one week to 31 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants .

France has confirmed 30,265 deaths linked to the virus since the start of the pandemic.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and Reuters)

            

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