Several municipalities have decided to make it compulsory to wear masks in open public spaces, such as streets and markets. The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, was in Lille yesterday to see this measure come into force in certain areas of the Lille metropolis.
Masks are also now mandatory in all public places – including outdoors, except for anyone doing sport – for those aged over 11 in 69 communes in the department of Mayenne such as Laval (Pays de la Loire).
Other places where prefects have enforced such a measure include Nice (Alpes-Maritime), Perros-Guirec (Côtes-d’Armor), Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine), Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) and Orléans (Loiret), while others can follow suit “according to the evolution of the epidemic in each territory,” said Health Minister Olivier Véran.
The French authorities’ message has evolved over recent weeks (as has scientific advice): from masks initially being deemed “useless for anyone in the street” to an obligation to wear one in all enclosed public places on 20 July, and now in certain public areas outside.
Franceinfos has published a handy map detailing those places where it is compulsory to wear a mask in open-air markets (in green), those where it is compulsory in some streets (in yellow) and those where it is compulsory in all streets (in blue).