France requires wearing masks outdoors in some areas

Rules on wearing masks outdoors in the hardest-hit parts of France take effect on Monday, the latest move to tighten coronavirus restrictions after a nationwide decree last month required people to wear masks in all indoor public places. Pressure is growing on the government to mandate the use of masks outdoors nationwide, AFP reported.

Beach resorts along France’s Atlantic coast, picturesque promenades along the Loire River and farmers' markets in the Alps are among the areas of France where people are now required to wear masks outdoors.

People must also wear masks along many parts of the southern French city of Nice, Mayor Christian Estrosi said Monday, including the tourist boulevard, the Promenade des Anglais.

Starting on Monday, 69 towns in the Mayenne region of western France have imposed outdoor mask rules.

France has reported 7,000 new cases in the last week, after bringing the virus nearly under control with a strict two-month nationwide lockdown that ran from 17 March to 11 May.

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