İrem UZUN -TDO- Paris authorities on Saturday imposed the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors in busy areas of the French capital from Monday to curb a rise in the rate of coronavirus infections. The order, which applies to people aged 11 and over, covers busy outdoor areas in the French capital, although tourist sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees boulevard were not listed.

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. The rate of positive tests in the greater Paris region now stood at 2.4% compared with a national average of 1.6%, it said. The zones where masks must be worn will be detailed separately, and evaluated on a regular basis, the prefecture said. They will include some densely populated areas in the capital's lower-income suburbs.

Several cities across the country have made face masks mandatory in outdoor markets and on crowded streets. Wearing a face covering is already mandatory indoors. In Nice, the mayor mandated that everyone wear a mask in many areas of the southern French city, including parts of the famous Promenade des Anglais. Biarritz, Bayonne, Saint-Malo, Le Touquet and Orléans are among some of the other cities to impose regulations.

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