Paris, (Samajweekly) The French authorities have ordered people to wear face masks in outdoor public places in many major cities as the COVID-19 spread and the admission to intensive care units have increased again after a month-long decline.
“The prefects can now, in coordination with health authorities and elected officials, impose the wearing of masks in busy places where physical distancing is impossible,” Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted on Monday.
Amidst fears of a second pandemic wave, France has made wearing mask compulsory in busy pedestrians streets and uncovered markets in addition to tourists spots in many cities, including Lille, Nice and La Mayenne, reports Xinhua news agency.
Wearing face mask has already been mandatory since July 20 for all people older than 10 years in all enclosed spaces, such as restaurants and hotels, shops, covered markets, museums, cinemas, concert halls, places of worship, airports and stations, libraries, vacation centres, administrations and banks.
Any person who refuses to apply to the rule will pay a fine of 135 euros ($158).
“We must not let down the guard. The virus is not on holiday, and neither are we,” Castex said during a visit to the northern city of Lille.
“I call on the French to remain very vigilant because the fight against this virus…depends on each of us,” he added.
“We must all understand that the objective is simple: protect ourselves against the virus without bringing economic and social life to a halt, that is to say avoiding a general confinement.”..