From Tuesday, the mask will again be mandatory in 45 municipalities of Charente-Maritime, a department facing a “rapid and worrying development” of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Wearing a mask outdoors will again become mandatory this Tuesday in Charente-Maritime in 45 tourist cities such as Île de Ré or La Rochelle, as the department faces a “rapid and worrying development” of the Covid-19 epidemic, the department said. the prefecture announced Monday in a press release.
From the Ile d’Oléron to the seaside resorts of Royan and Châtelaillon-Plage … Prefect Nicolas Basselier has ordered the extension of outdoor masks for everyone from 11 years old in 45 tourist cities, except on the beach , in the forest and in parks and gardens, the prefecture told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
“Sudden Deterioration” of Epidemic Indicators
The prefecture justified this twist of the screw with a “brutal degradation” of epidemic indicators. “This situation is already having an impact on economic activity with the number of site closures increasing due to positive cases or cases of contact among the staff,” the prefecture underlines in its press release.
In total, about twenty bars and restaurants had to close, a departmental source told AFP.
An outbreak among young people
In Charente-Maritime, the incidence reached 145.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Tuesday, compared to 75/100 000 for France and 79.7 for the region where the department appears to be most affected by the epidemic recovery.
The outbreak is particularly pronounced among 10-19 year olds, where this percentage reaches 395/100 000 and 20-29 year olds where it rises to 545/100 000, depending on the prefecture.
“The deterioration of the situation is mainly explained by the mixing of populations in the middle of the summer season, by the relaxation of respect for barrier gestures and by the very rapid spread of the Delta variant,” specifies the prefecture’s press release.
In the other municipalities of the department, the outdoor mask remains in force in certain places and situations such as markets, public events such as concerts and open-air shows, near train stations, vaccination centers, hospitals, shopping centers.
The consumption of alcohol on public roads, outside the permitted terraces, is also prohibited throughout the department from Tuesday to August 31, in order to avoid regrouping.