The weather confirms it: the holidays are settled. And with them, concentrations of population near coastal areas and in seaside resorts … and the circulation of the virus which takes off or threatens to do so. Faced with rising indicators in the coastal departments, in particular along the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast, several prefectures have decided to impose the wearing of masks outdoors.
Some broad obligations
The most drastic measure concerns Pyrénées-Atlantiques : since Saturday, wearing a mask is once again compulsory for people over 11 and throughout the country, with the exception of beaches and large natural spaces. This department faces a very rapid deterioration of indicators.
It is, at this stage, the only one to apply this measure on the whole of the territory and without conditioning it to certain specific circumstances, such as large gatherings or queues.
Another department, however, opted for a drastic measure: the Charente Maritime. The mask must be worn in 45 of its municipalities, including Royan, La Rochelle, Rochefort, as well as those of Île de Ré and Île d’Oléron. The measure runs until August 31. In this department, the incidence rate is lower than in the Pyrénées-Orientales but has now reached 170 and has been climbing sharply since July 10.
This assessment, stopped Tuesday at the end of the day, could quickly change. Other prefects have thus taken orders, in recent days, to impose the mask in all situations on several municipalities in their territory. In the Sum, after having been made compulsory throughout the department on the occasion of July 14, the mask is compulsory, until August 2 at least, in several municipalities of the department, with the exception of the beaches. Ditto in the North, near the coast.
Number of localized bonds
In the Landes, the mask was already compulsory in Dax, as well as in certain other towns on weekends. It becomes so in certain streets of Biscarrosse, and in certain streets of Mont-de-Marsan at weekends. In Meurthe-et-Moselle, municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants and inter-municipal authorities approaching the alert threshold are concerned.
Finally, several prefectures have added certain busy streets or urban areas to the places in which the mask must be worn. In the Pas-de-Calais, a street list specific to several municipalities is concerned. In Saone-et-Loire, “The busiest streets and pedestrian areas, at peak times” are concerned, until at least August 31.
The hypercentres of certain cities
In addition, there are the hypercentres of certain large cities, already concerned, for some. The obligation to wear a mask in the center of Bordeaux has not been lifted since it was put in place. In Toulouse, she has just been extended on, and apply from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. in a central area. In Troyes, the obligation just reintroduced, until the end of September. Other large cities located in areas where the circulation of the virus is on the rise could soon follow, such as Montpellier.
A general obligation in most other territories
The map presented in this article focuses on the obligations to wear the mask when simply traveling in an outdoor street, outside of any specific event. However, many territories remain concerned by an obligation to wear a mask outdoors in certain specific cases: in markets, near stations and bus stops, near schools, in queues, during events bringing together a large number of people… In the Alpes-Maritimes, for example, the prefect just renewed a decree to this effect. In Brittany, this is the case in Morbihan, as well as in the city of Rennes.
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