FILE PHOTO: Protective masked people walk near the Louvre as France intensifies wearing masks as part of an effort to curb the resurgence of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country, at Paris, France August 6, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes
PARIS (Reuters) – Parisians and tourists on vacation along the banks of the Seine or on open-air markets in Paris have to wear masks since Monday after authorities introduced new measures to curb the rise coronavirus infection.
This order applies to people 11 years of age and older, including crowded outdoor areas in the French capital, although tourist destinations such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs-Elysees are not listed.
Data shows that the virus has started to spread more widely in Paris and lower-income suburbs since mid-July.
The percentage of positive tests in the greater Paris region is currently at 2.4% compared with the national average of 1.6%.
After tough containment measures have reduced infection rates, many European countries are now monitoring new outbreaks after loosening restrictions to try to limit economic losses and ease public frustration.
France has been forced to wear masks in closed public spaces such as shops and banks since July 21, and Paris joins a growing list of cities that require residents to wear masks in neighborhoods. crowded outdoor areas, including Toulouse, Lille and Biarritz.
Those who violate the order will be fined 135 euros. The penalty increases to six months imprisonment for anyone breaking it more than three times in a one-month period. The Paris order will last for a month.
The number of people in France infected with coronavirus rose to 2,288 on Friday, a new high after lockout.
Report by Richard Lough; Edited by Angus MacSwan and Christina Fincher