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.
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.
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.
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.
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.