Parisians are seen wearing masks after the face cover ordered by the French capital is to be worn at sights and on streets with a fine of £ 120 for rule breakers
- Tourist areas such as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Montmartre district have been affected
- Busy passageways and markets have also been spotted by Paris officials
- Masks are already mandatory in shops and other indoor public spaces
- On Friday, France registered the highest one-day increase in new cases since May
Parisians today wore masks after the French capital ordered that face covers be worn at landmarks and busy passageways.
The police have been given the power to impose a fine of 135 euros (£ 121) on people who fail to comply with the new public health requirements.
Among the locations covered by the measure are the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin, one of the city’s most popular outdoor locations for lunch or an aperitif with friends.
“When there’s no one on the canal in the morning, I think it’s a bit of a drastic measure,” said attorney Helene Rames after the face mask rule went into effect.
A woman wears a protective face mask in Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, while France is stepping up the wearing of masks as part of efforts to combat a resurgence of coronavirus disease
A map issued by the city of Paris showing the lieux (places) and rues (streets) where masks are required
Rising cases: Spain has had a severe spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, as this graph shows, while France, Germany and Italy have also seen an increase in new infections
“But it is true that at night and on weekends you can see a lot of young people close together here, which is scary,” she added. “If it’s for the health of our elders, let’s carry it.”
Wearing a face mask outdoors is also required in the city’s open-air markets, in popular tourist locations such as Notre Dame and neighborhoods in the Montmartre district, on several typically busy streets and in parts of the Paris suburbs, authorities said.
A similar requirement applies in Marseille, France’s second-largest city, and dozens of other tourist destinations in France, including the seaside resort of Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera.
A national decree already requires people to wear masks in all shops and other covered public places.
French health authorities warned the country is slipping back in its fight against the pandemic.
People wear protective face masks on August 10 in the Montmartre neighborhood on the Sacré-Cœur
The French Ministry of Health said on Monday it had recorded 785 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, compared to 2,288 on Friday, the largest one-day increase since May.
It said it had recorded 10,800 new cases in the past week, but did not provide an updated number for the total cumulative number of coronavirus infections, which was 197,921 on Friday.
The ministry said that 10,800 new cases had been registered in the past week, but it was not immediately clear to which period this related and whether infections over the weekend were included in this total.
France has reported more than 30,300 virus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.
People wear protective face and nose masks while walking a street in Locronan in Brittany, Western France on August 10, 2020, as face masks become mandatory in tourist hotspots to stop the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19.