HeathcarePlease note that wearing a mask is mandatory outside...

Please note that wearing a mask is mandatory outside again


If you had gone on vacation or had taken a media break, you may have missed this announcement: wearing a mask is once again compulsory outdoors throughout the Loire-Atlantique, in Nantes and in the small towns. . The prefectural decree, which entered into force on December 31, is motivated by “the evolution of the health situation in the department with the circulation of two variants of the virus, including the particularly contagious Omicron variant”. Luckily, beaches, riverbanks and uncrowded natural areas (forests, marshes, etc.) are exceptions.

The obligation, which until then only concerned 11-year-olds, extends this Monday to children aged 6 and over, according to a government decree published on Friday in Official newspaper. Public transport, stations, airports, supermarkets, schools, cultural venues and sports grounds are also affected by the compulsory mask.

The virus is spreading

According to the latest figures from the regional health agency (ARS), Loire-Atlantique has an average incidence rate of 620 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants, much higher than the incidence rate of Pays-de-la-Loire (approximately 500 per 100,000 inhabitants). The positivity rate of the tests carried out in the department is currently 7.4%.

As a reminder, failure to comply with the compulsory wearing of a mask in the spaces mentioned is theoretically punishable by a fine of 135 euros.


Janice Thomas
Janice Thomas is a content editor at 24 News Recorder. She has 5 years of journalism experience and she he is a graduate of Wittenberg University and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


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