In March, no spectators were allowed at the finish of the Paris-Nice race, with a line without a spectator drawn 300 meters from the finish line and less than 100 meters from the starting podium.
The measure aims to prevent mass gatherings as fears grow in France of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There will be a stronger filter at the bottom of the climbs,” said Pierre-Yves Thouault, cycling manager at ASO, before the start of the 14th stage on Saturday in Lyon.
“There was already filtering on 26 climbs. From now on, the filtering will be stricter, and no public will be allowed at the top of the Col du Grand Colombier. [the finish of Sunday’s 15th stage], 400 meters from the line and 300 meters after the line, ”added Thouault, explaining that all decisions would be taken by local authorities.
French administrative regions, called departments, are classified as red zones when the spread of COVID-19 infections is high, with more than 50 new cases recorded per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.
On Friday, the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in France increased by 9,406 to 363,350.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 has also increased by 40 in the past 24 hours, reaching a total of 30,893.
France has the seventh highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world.