Nice introduces blanket rule on face masks

Masks are now mandatory in all outdoor areas in Nice, the second city in France to enforce the measure amid a worrying rise in coronavirus cases.
The new rule was announced on Wednesday evening by authorities and came into effect on Thursday morning.
It extends an existing rule on face masks which applied to certain streets throughout the city including the main strip of Jean Medecin.
The Alpes-Maritimes Prefect announced the decision after a request by Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi to adopta coherent approach for the city.
“To remain consistent in our fight against Covid-19 and to eradicate any doubts about the scope of wearing a mask, I would like to make mask-wearing compulsory everywhere in Nice,” Estrosi said in a press statement.
The southern city of Toulouse also introduce the blanket rule this on outdoor facemarks this week.
France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex has urged local authorities to extend their rules “as far as possible” and adapt local rules to local conditions.
People in Nice who fail to wear a mask risk a €135 fine.
Monaco’s authorities have not indicated a blanket mask rule for the Principality.
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