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Masks compulsory on the street in parts of Paris from Monday

Wearing a mask became compulsory in certain streets in Paris and its surrounding suburbs from 8am on Monday.

Masks compulsory on the street in parts of Paris from Monday
Photo: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

Masks will be obligatory for all those aged 11 and over from 8am on Monday “in certain very crowded zones”, the police said in a statement on Saturday.

“All the indicators show that since mid-July the virus is again circulating more actively in the region,” the police said, adding that some 400 people were testing positive for Covid-19 in the region every day, with the 20-30 age group particularly affected.

Paris follows many other towns and cities across France were local rules have been imposed making masks compulsory in the street. National laws make masks compulsory in all indoor public areas, at risk of a €135 fine.

Map: Préfecture de Police. For the interactive version, click here

The new rules apply to the city of Paris and the départements of Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne and Hauts-de-Seine – all areas that are on the list of départements with high numbers of new Covid-19 cases.

In Val d'Oise masks became compulsory in all open-air markets from Monday, and the préfecture says it will release further details on other areas later in the week.

Within Paris a list has been produced of dozens of streets where the new measure is compulsory including along the banks of Seine, busy central streets, all outdoor markets and the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin and Bassin de la Villette (full list below).

 

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Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo announced last week that she had requested the police to begin work on making masks compulsory in some open areas of the capital.

Anne Souyris, the deputy Paris mayor in charge of health, said: “The aim is to slow down the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic.

“A second wave is expected. There is an urgent need to reinforce barrier gestures if we do not want to reach a new lockdown.”

“Wearing a mask is difficult, especially when it's hot. If the zones are chosen intelligently, Parisians will wear it.”

Paris police chief Didier Lallement decided to extend the measure to the capital's suburbs, in consultation with local authorities.

Full the full list of streets where masks will be compulsory in Hauts-de-Seine, click here.

For the full list of streets in Val-de-Marne click here.

For the full list of streets in Seine-Saint-Denis click here.

Paris

Central arrondissements

– rue Montorgueil

– Enfants Rouges market

– rue Rambuteau

– rue de Bretagne

– rue des Francs Bourgeois

– rue Saint-Honoré

– rue de Montmartre

5th and 6th arrondissements

– rue Mouffetard

– rue de Buci

– rue de Seine

– rue Mazarine

– rue Jacques Callot

– rue Princesse

– rue des Canettes

– rue Guisarde

– Saint-Germain market

– Jardin Tino Rossi

7th arrondissement

– rue Clerc

– Avenue de Saxe market

9th arrondissement

– rue des Martyrs

– rue Cadet

– Anvers market

10th arrondissement

– rue de Metz

– boulevard de Strasbourg

– rue du Château d'Eau between Faubourg St Martin and Faubourg St Denis

– rue Cail

– rue Perdonnet

– rue Philippe de Girard

– place Ian Karski

– rue Louis Blanc between Place Karski and Faubourg Saint-Denis

– rue du Faubourg Saint Denis

– rue Lucien Sampaix

– rue de Lancry

– rue des Vinaigriers

– Banks of the Canal Saint-Martin

11th arrondissement

– rue de la Roquette,

– rue de Lappe

– rue Keller

– rue Daval

– rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud

– Belleville market

– rue Oberkampf

12th arrondissement

– Bercy-Village

– Cour Saint-Emilion

– Aligre market

13th arrondissement

– quai François Mauriac

– quai de la gare

– Bibliothèque Nationale de France 

– Maison-Blanche market, Avenue d'Italie

14th arrondissement

– rue Daguerre

– rue Raymond Losserand (between rue d'Alésia and avenue du Maine)

15th arrondissement

– rue du Commerce

– rue Linois

16th arrondissement

– rue de Passy

– rue de l'Annonciation

17th arrondissement

– avenue de Saint-Ouen

– rue de Lévis

– rue Poncelet

– rue Bayen

18th arrondissement

– Barbès market

– Lariboisière market

– Ornano market

– boulevard de la Chapelle (between Tombouctou and boulevard Barbès)

– rue des Islettes

– rue de la Goutte d'or

– rue des Poissonniers

– rue Dejean

– rue de Suez

– rue de Panama

– Dejean market (between the streets of Poulet, Poissonniers and Dejean)

– Porte Montmartre market 

– Ordener market

– rue de Steinkerque

– avenue de Saint-Ouen

– boulevard de Clichy

– boulevard du Rochechouart

– Poteau market (Rue Duhesme – between Ordener and Poteau)

– Paris flea markets

– rue Riquet (between Marx Dormoy and Pajol)

– rue de l'Olive

– butte Montmartre (comprising Place du tertre, parvis et marche du Sacré-Coeur, rue Norvins, rue du Mont Cenis)

19th arrondissement

– quai de la Loire

– quai de Seine

– quai de Marne

– quai de l'Oise at the entrance to Parc de la Villette

– rue de Bellevillle

– Joinville market

– place des fêtes

– avenue Secrétan

– avenue Mathurin Moreau

– rue Manin

– avenue Jean Jaurès between rue de l'Ourcq and Porte de Pantin

20th arrondissement

– rue des Panoyaux

– rue Victor Letalle

– rue Sorbier (between rue Menilmontant eand rue Juillet)

– belvédère du Parc de Belleville

– boulevard de Belleville

– boulevard de Ménilmontant

– rue de Ménilmontant

– rue des Pyrénées

– rue de Bagnolet

– rue d'Avron

– Porte de Montreuil flea markets

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COVID-19

New Covid wave in autumn ‘virtually certain’ say French experts

The head of the government's new health advisory body says that a surge of Covid cases when the French head back to work after the summer break is virtually certain.

New Covid wave in autumn 'virtually certain' say French experts

Immunologist Brigitte Autran, president of new government health advisory body the Comité de veille et d’anticipation des risques sanitaires (Committee to monitor and anticipate health risks) which has replaced the Conseil scientifique, told Le Parisien that “the Covid epidemic is not behind us” and said that the French would have to get used to “living with” the virus.

The Covidtracker website currently shows that the virus is in decline across France, with the R-rate currently at 0.7 – any figure lower than one indicates that the number of infections is falling.

Autran, whose appointment as head of the new body was confirmed on Wednesday, said that the most likely scenario was for a “new epidemic peak in the autumn”, when people return to work after the summer holidays.

“Will it be due to a new variant or the return of cold weather?” she said. “We are not soothsayers, but it is almost certain that there will be a wave.”

“Today, we must go towards living with it,” she added, reintroducing the French to an expression previously used by President Emmanuel Macron and several ministers.

“This does not mean accepting the deaths or the severity of the disease,” she went on, pointing to the fact that health authorities in France still have “levers to activate” to fight the virus. 

Despite the fact that nearly 80 percent (79.6 percent) of people over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated against the virus, she said that, “unfortunately there are still too many people who have not been vaccinated or revaccinated.”

And she said the new body would work with the government to improve the public’s access to drugs, such as Paxlovid, and vaccines.

Vaccination is still open to anyone who has not yet had their shots, while a second booster shot is on offer to certain groups including over 60s, pregnant women, those with health conditions or people who are in close contact with vulnerable people.

EXPLAINED Who qualifies for a second Covid vaccine booster shot in France?

The French government in August voted to end to State of Emergency that allowed it to impose measures like travel bans and lockdowns, although further restrictions could be put in place if cases rise again and parliament agrees. 

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