Nice and the French Riviera
Authorities in the south-eastern French département of Alpes-Maritimes announced on Monday that a new weekend lockdown would be imposed in urban areas along the coast including Nice – France’s fifth largest city.
The weekend lockdown, brought in due to rising Covid-19 infections and overrun hospital wards, means inhabitants will be confined to their homes and only permitted to leave for various essential reasons such as grocery shopping, exercise or medical appointments.
Prefect Bernard Gonzalez said the urban coastal area from Théoule-sur-Mer in the west to Menton on the Italian border would be subject to the lockdown that will initially be imposed for the next two weekends.
Later on Monday local newspaper Nice Matin published a list of the 63 communes covered by the new restrictions.
Here’s the complete list:
- Le Bar-sur-loup
- Le Cannet
- Cap d’Ail
- La Colle-sur-loup
- La Gaude
- La Roquette-sur-Siagne
- Le Rouret
- Saint-Paul de Vence
- Le Tignet
- La Trinité
- La Turbie
The northern city of Dunkirk and the surrounding areas, where the more contagious UK Covid-19 variant has been gaining ground, is also under a weekend lockdown from Saturday.
In total 250,000 residents are subject to the curfew in the 57 different communes around Dunkirk in the Nord département.
— France 3 Nord (@F3nord) February 24, 2021
Twenty départements in France have been placed on “heightened surveillance” with the threat of extra health restrictions including weekend lockdowns as Covid virus numbers rise, the French PM announced Thursday.