US News Covid-19: why wearing a mask outdoors is still not mandatory everywhere

13:40  18 february  2021
13:40  18 february  2021 Source:   lexpress.fr

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While in most large cities, wearing a mask in the street is mandatory, some prefectures have still not taken this measure against the pandemic. Explanations.

En réalité, c'est au préfet ou à la mairie de décider d'imposer ou non le port du masque en extérieur. © AFP In reality, it is up to the prefect or the town hall to decide whether or not to impose the wearing of a mask outdoors.

It has become a reflex for many French people. By stepping outside, you put your nose, mouth and chin under a mask, even in the street. This has been the case in several large cities since the end of August 2020, such as Paris , Marseille, Lyon, Strasbourg or in the frequented areas of Lille.

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This protective measure against the spread of the virus and its variants on the territory has been extended to several communes of Pas-de-Calais , in particular because of the traffic active of the British variant in the region. The prefecture of the North, "in consultation with each community to define and adapt the areas affected by the obligation to wear a mask" has therefore strengthened the measure in 35 municipalities, at least until March 8. But some cities are still spared by this constraint which can be worth 135 euros fine if it is not respected.

Case by case

It is in fact the prefect or the town hall that makes the decision, as indicated by on the site of the French administration . It is therefore a measure taken on a case-by-case basis, given the health situation and the constraints that wearing a mask in the street implies. This is why faces can still smile with their teeth in some French territories.

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This is particularly the case in Antibes or, even recently, Dunkirk. Since then, the northern city has seen the obligation to wear a mask extend to the beach and the dike and to certain more densely frequented places, such as public markets, pedestrian areas or even during demonstrations. But in the commune of Alpes-Maritimes, department of metropolitan France which has the most positive cases, the mask is not mandatory because "in an open environment, we have never demonstrated. No proof that this mask is useful ", according to Pr Jean-Christophe Lucet, interviewed by LCI .

In addition, several decrees making it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors have been brought before the administrative courts, several of which have deemed them illegal. This is particularly the case in Ariège, reports RTL , where an administrative court considered, at the end of December, that with its decree, the prefecture was "disproportionately infringing" the "freedom to come and go and the law. of each to respect for his personal freedom ". According to the terms of the decree of July 10, , these measures concerning the wearing of a mask should be decreed only "when local circumstances require it".

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