CÔTE D'AZUR & PROVENCE
On Monday 3 August, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi announced that the wearing of masks for all persons aged eleven years and over in Nice now applies to the outdoors in certain areas of the city. As of today, those who violate this new rule will pay fines of 35 euros.
"We seem to have reached a turning point and we do not know how the situation will develop," Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Monday morning. In order to protect the population, Estrosi decreed that masks covering the mouth and nose must now be worn outdoors in the main areas of the city centre and Old Town (see map below). This is another necessary measure to stem the spread of the coronavirus, he said. "Today we have the opportunity to better protect ourselves. Everyone should feel obliged to cover themselves in order to protect others as well", he declared.
Since the arrival of numerous tourists in the region, many areas are experiencing crowds of people, which has caused concern amongst locals and has seen a slight rise in the number of positive cases of Covid-19. The Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes is currently working on a regulation concerning the obligation to wear masks in places with a high number of visitors, where proper social distancing just isn't feasible.
Masks are now obligatory outside in the following areas of Nice between 10.00 a.m. and 01.00 a.m.:
- Boulevard Gambetta;
- Gare Thiers and Avenue Thiers;
- the whole of Avenue Jean Médecin, Place Masséna, Avenue Félix Faure, Promenade du Paillon (La Coulée verte), Avenue Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Rue du Docteur Ciaudo, Place Garibaldi, Rue Cassini, Place Ile de Beauté, port;
- Quai Rauba Capeu, Quai des Etats-Unis;
- Promenade des Anglais: Rue Max Gallo until the intersection of Promenade des Anglais and Boulevard Gambetta, and the Sud de la Promenade des Anglais section of the street between Boulevard Gambetta and Boulevard Magnan
This week, officials will be taking preventive action and drawing people's attention to the fact that masks are now compulsory outdoors. From today, 5 August, however, fines of 35 euros will be imposed on people walking in the above-listed areas without a mask. In addition, the city's loudspeakers will regularly remind people of the distance rules.