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Coronavirus-Masks are Mandatory in Paris; Here is the Compulsory Zones

The wearing of masks in some crowded areas around Paris became compulsory on Monday as part of a drive to stem a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections, but some tourists appeared perplexed about where the new rule is meant to apply.

The virus had been circulating more widely in the region since mid-July, they said. Face masks are already compulsory in enclosed public spaces.

The rate of positive tests in the greater Paris region now stands at 2.4% compared with a national average of 1.6%, it said.

Experts have warned that France could lose control of Covid-19 "at any time".

People have been required to wear face masks in all closed public spaces in France since July 21.

The Rule is:

Masks will be compulsory in certain areas of Paris from Monday August 10 at 8 a.m. Signs will indicate mask zones.The rule is in place for a period of one month at the outset.The measure for now concerns "areas with high frequentation of people", says a deputy Paris major, Audrey Pulvar.Children under 11 are exempt.Fines of €135 will be handed out to those who flout the rules.

The Zones Where Mask is Mandatory:

Masks must be worn along the banks of the River Seine and along the Canal St Martin as well as in open-air markets and other places where social distancing is difficult. This order will remain in place for one month, the prefecture said.

Seine Quaysides: This boils down to almost the entire east-west river stretch of the Left and Right Banks. “Red zones” take in pedestrian zones along the quays extending towards the Boulevard Périphérique ring road on each side. On the Right Bank, from the Quai de Bercy in the 12th arrondissement to the Quai de Louis Blériot in the 16th district. On the Left Bank, from the Quai d’Ivry in the 13th arrondissement to the 15th district’s Quai d’Issy-les-Moulineaux.

Much of the Canal Saint-Martin (Jemmapes & Valmy) which runs for 4.6 km (2.86 mi) through the 10th and 11th districts is a red zone. One which continues into the 19th district beaches and pools of the Bassin de la Villette and Canal de l'Ourcq.

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Tourist-hives and buzzing streets have been earmarked, from the Right Bank’s Rue Rambuteau running from Les Halles in the 1st district towards Rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the Marais, which is also a red zone. As is the chic Rue Saint-Honoré.

So too are Left Bank rues de Seine and Buci in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the undercover Marché couvert Saint-Germain in the same arrondissement, and the Latin Quarter’s vibey Rue Mouffetard.

The 18th district sweeping through Montmartre is arguably the biggest red zone. Mask areas take in the whole Butte Montmartre hilltop from the Place du Tertre to the square and steps of Sacré-Coeur; and the long sinewy rue Norvins and rue du Mont Cenis leading up to Montmartre.

The young, trendy 10th district comes second place, with a dozen major streets targeted from Boulevard de Strasbourg to Rue du Château d'Eau (between Faubourg Saint-Martin and Faubourg Saint-Denis).

The squares and outdoor bars around the national BNF, François-Mitterrand Library to those of Bercy Village opposite.

In calmer genteel quarters and family neighborhoods such as the 7th, 14th and 15th, red zones are restricted to two or three streets. In the 8th there are none.

The measures also apply to some suburban zones.

France, like some other European countries, has recently seen a spike in new COVID-19 infections, prompting fears of a second wave. It reported 2,288 new infections last Friday, a new post-lockdown high, with the seven-day moving average at 1,486, a level unseen since late April.

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