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"Nudist City" Becomes Corornavirus Hotspot after a Surge in Covid Cases

"Nudist City" Becomes Corornavirus Hotspot after a Surge in Covid Cases

 World's largest 'nudist' resort in a Southern French city, also known as the 'Nudist City', has become the recent COVID-19 hotspot in the country after hundreds of people tested positive for the novel coronavirus at or visiting the clothing-optional beach destination in southern France. The nudists have been ordered to at least wear masks and practice social distancing, health authorities said on Monday.

Local health authorities say 95 people staying at Cap d'Agde Naturist Village, on the Mediterranean coast of France's Occitanie region, were found to have Covid-19, while a further 50 who went through the resort also tested positive on their return home.

However, now the resort has gained name for being a COVID-19 hotspot as more than 150 people tested positive for coronavirus. 

The resort, located near the Mediterranean coast of France's Occitanie region, will be going through COVID-19 testing by the Occitanie Regional Health Authorities in three parts. Around 490 people were tested on the first day, out of which 95 people staying there tested positive, while 50 visitors who were enroite home also tested positive.

In addition these test results, 310 additional tests are being analysed by the local authorities. 

The authorities conducted tests after some people had raised concerns about poor COVID-19 management in the area as people were seen sunbathing without wearing face masks, and were spotted in large groups without social distancing.

"Unfortunately, many of the sunbathing citizens were gathered in large groups, and some were not wearing face masks.," a police statement said. "Upon the arrival of the police, everyone agreed to respect the government regulation [that face shields are compulsory outside the home].

"Citizens are allowed to be without clothes in designated locations, but they still must cover their mouths, and only gather in appropriate numbers."

The authorities are urging people to follow the COVID-19 guidelines.

"There are infections everywhere, including among people who are not libertines. The message is the same for everyone: wear a mask, wash your hands and practise social distancing, whether you are a libertine or not a libertine," Pierre Ricordeau, the local health authority's director-general said.

It sometimes called the "Naked City," Cap d'Agde is the world's largest clothing-optional beach resort, attracting as many as 40,000 guests on any given day during a typical high season.

Visitors are free to be naked wherever they want -- restaurants and stores, post offices or banks, sailing boats or lounging on the long public beach, where nudity is obligatory, even for those not staying at the resort.

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