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New rules: Masks required in all public spaces

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Photo by   Zuzi Janek   on   ScopioAcross the world, the endless battle against COVID-19 perseveres. In France, the apprehension of new confinement measures seems to roam in the air. On 10 September, Bernard Gonzalez, the Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes made a decree enforcing masks in all public spaces, indoors and outdoors for the majority of cities across the Côte d'Azur. These reinforced regulations to face the rise in cases is clear and an attempt to avoid, by all means, a renewal of the confinement. 

With a new pandemic record of 9,843 new contaminations within 24 hours reported on Thursday 10 September by the French Public Health Organisation, the fear isn’t only reserved to the most pessimist amongst us. Emmanuel Macron, the French president, declared that he would clearly unveil all information that the government has confirmed and any new measures which will be taking place in France on Friday 11 September. The scientific council did call on the government to precipitately take more difficult decisions to avoid a rebound: saturated hospitals, aggravated cases, and a rise in mortality rates. 

Covid-19 PixabayThe official decisions regarding new regulations concern the PACA region, which has recently been confronted with a rise in severe cases and a deterioration in health indicators. Some heightened measures have already been taking place since 27 August, when the Alpes-Maritimes was declared a “red zone.” Though, to the relief of many, one regulation has been rendered more flexible. The quarantine for people exposed to the virus was reduced to seven days instead of two weeks, as the French Health Minister Olivier Véran confirmed. The reason is that the evolution of medical knowledge on how the contamination proceeds have proven that contagiousness predominantly takes place in the first week. 

On the other hand, many more measures have only been reinforced: 

  1. Masks are now obligatory in all public spaces indoors and outdoors in the following cities: Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Grasse, Le Cannet, Menton, St-Laurent-du-Var, Vallauris, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Mougins, Vence, Villeneuve-Loubet, Beausoleil, Valbonne, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Carros and La Trinité. Masks are required from age 11 up. Exceptions for handicapped and at-risk people need to be accompanied by a certificate from a Doctor. Those partaking in sports activities can go without but do need to have a mask on hand for when the activity (like running) stops. The full Arrété document can be read here. 
    The fine for not complying is 135€.
  2. Bars, or any other drinking establishment, and restaurants have now been limited to opening and closing hours. For municipalities with less than 2000 inhabitants, the place will have to close at 11pm. For municipalities with more than 2000 inhabitants, the place will have to close at 1am. In the case of a lack of compliance, the establishment would be ordered to close.
  3. In the case of any public events hosting between 10 to 500 people, the organisers will have to submit a declaration to the prefecture three days before the event. Link to find the declaration: pref-rassemblements06@alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr
  4. In the case of any public events hosting more than 500 people, the organisers will have to submit a declaration to the prefecture fifteen days before the event. Link to find the declaration: pref-rassemblements06@alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr

More information can be found at the Alpes-Maritimes Prefecture website: http://www.alpes-maritimes.gouv.fr/ 

- Charlotte Gillet