Covid: outdoor facemask-wearing compulsory and restaurants to close from 11 p.m. in Pyrénées-Orientales

Published by Cécile D., Rizhlaine F. · Published on 17 July 2021 at 13h48 · Updated on 19 July 2021 at 10h05
Faced with the spread of the Delta variant, several French cities have decided to instate compulsory outdoor facemask-wearing again to curb the coronavirus epidemic. In Pyrénées-Orientales, the prefecture even decided to close bars and restaurants past 11 p.m. from July 18 to August 2, 2021.

Life almost felt normal again, but now, the coronavirus epidemic has hit again. After a major improvement in the health situation earlier this summer, the Covid-19 variants are a game-changer. The Delta variant is now fighting on the European ring. This mutant is said to be already 60% more contagious than the Alpha variant (formerly known as the UK variant), that replaced the historic strain in France, causing a third wave at the end of the second lockdown.

Now, the Delta variant is about to take over all the other variants found in France. It has already caused an epidemic resurgence in France several days ago. A swift evolution casting the  shadow of a fourth wave soon to hit.

Given up mid-June – almost at the same time as curfewcompulsory outdoor facemask-wearing is back in some cities in France. Therefore, it is on again in Le Touquet – in the most crowded areas for people over 11 years of age. In Saint-Malo, it is compulsory in the city and some crowded places such as markets from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. As in Landes, Dax and Mont-de-Marsan instate this measure again in crowded streets at weekend. And Nice mayor is also about the reinstate this restriction.

A few weeks following statements from worried mayors, more local elected representatives have decided to reinstate stricter measures.

This Saturday July 17, facemask-wearing is compulsory again in the public area in all cities in Pyrénées-Orientales excluding on beaches and big natural spaces. This measure applies to anyone over 11 years of age. The prefecture explains the decision in a decree stating: "a strong increase in contamination (...) making the incidence rate move from 12.7 as of July 2 to 210.9 as of July 15. The same day, the positivity rate of tests stands at 5.4% against 1.3% on a domestic level".

A similar decree has been issued in Pas-de-CalaisOise, and Var, and in ToulouseLilleMontpellier, or Troyes, instating facemask-wearing compulsory in the city center and the most crowded streets.

New restrictions

Measures are toughened up in Pyrénées-Orientales: this Saturday July 17, in the morning, the prefecture has issued a decree stating bars, restaurants and beach establishments must close from 11 p.m.. This measure is instated from July 18 at 11 p.m. and until August 2 at 6 a.m.

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