The prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes has issued a decree making it mandatory for anyone over the age of 11 to wear a mask from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. in 18 of the department’s most populated municipalities. Failure to comply could lead offenders to a €135 fine.
The exception is for under-11s, any disabled person with a medical certificate and for those practicing physical and sports activities (but the mask is compulsory when you finish your activity and at any time you stop).
The 18 towns concerned are:
Lionnel Luca, mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, did not mince his words, “The brutal and unilateral decision of the prefect imposing on the municipality of Villeneuve Loubet the wearing of a mask in the open air, day and night for a large part, is aberrant because it is arbitrary, disproportionate, and discriminatory.”
In Nice, cases have doubled in 10 days to 7.8%" (the national average is 5.2%). However, Nice University Hospital is far from saturation with 15 patients in intensive care. “If the momentum continues, we might be in difficulty in a few days or weeks,” said its director Charles Guepratte.
The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi announced on Thursday the suspension of visits to the four municipal nursing homes, as well as a new distribution of fabric masks, the resumption of meal delivery to vulnerable elderly people and the cancellation of both Heritage Days and the opening of the opera season. He has also drastically limitated the number of registrations in leisure activities at the city's entertainment centers.
Estrosi also called on the state to suspend all maritime cruise and ferry activity from Nice.
As of yesterday, over the past week in France, 48,542 new cases were registered (nearly 10,000 over 24 hours) out of over 1 million tests carried out, which equals 5.4%. French president Marcron stated in response, “We need to be demanding and realistic but without ceding to panic.”