Wearing a mask outdoors is once again compulsory on the Basque coast and in Hérault, local authorities announced on Monday, July 26, in a context of deteriorating health situation in these two tourist areas.
On the Basque coast, the prefecture of Pyrénées-Atlantiques took this measure at least until August 31. The incidence rate is currently 405 positive cases for Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the Basque part of the department, against 241 in the whole of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the alert threshold being set at 50, specifies the prefecture. in a press release.
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And she emphasizes “The high tourist traffic in certain towns during the summer period and the rapid spread of the Delta variant, which is more contagious (66% of positive tests)”.
It therefore took the decision to impose the wearing of masks on those over 11, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., in Anglet, Biarritz, Guéthary, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Hendaye, i.e. most of the coastal towns. Basque, as well as in Bayonne.
Departments popular with holidaymakers
In addition, in the rest of the department, wearing a mask is becoming compulsory, particularly in markets and second-hand shops, for participants in events and in queues at the entrance of establishments open to the public (cinemas, stadiums , festivals…).
In the Hérault, the mask is again in order until August 15 with the exception of six sparsely populated municipalities and beaches. The incidence rate there more than doubled in a few days and now reaches 470 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
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Alcohol consumption on public roads is also prohibited on the entire Basque and Hérault coast, as well as in Bayonne.
On Sunday, the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, another popular department for holidaymakers, took similar measures.