He’s back on the street. In certain municipalities of Meurthe-et-Moselle, Hérault and Vendée, wearing a mask is again mandatory in public areas, the prefects of these departments announced on Wednesday 21 July. Prime Minister Jean Castex said the same day France entered Frankrijk “in the fourth wave” of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Arnaud Cochet, Prefect of Meurthe-et-Moselle, has issued a prefectural decree making it mandatory from 22 July 2021 to wear a mask for all pedestrians aged 11 and older, on public roads and in public places from 9 am to midnight , in municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants (…) whose incidence is equal to or greater than the alert threshold” found at 50 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to a press release from the prefecture.
On Wednesday, the incidence in the ward was 48.6 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, reaching the alert threshold, but this rate is higher in the main major cities.
In the Herault, “The re-circulation of the Covid-19 virus (…), especially the Delta variant, is very active again, resulting in a sharp increase in the incidence: from 65 to 227 positively detected cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 7 days ie +250%”, underlines the prefecture in a press release, noting that 20-29 year olds were most affected with an incidence of 552.
The new prefect of Hérault Hugues Moutouh therefore decided to: “generalize” starting Wednesday “the obligation to wear a mask outside on the ward, with the exception of beaches, swimming areas and large nature reserves”, or a measure similar to that adopted on Saturday by the prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales.
In the Vendée, the mask is now mandatory in the public spaces of 22 coastal municipalities, including Les Sables d’Olonne and L’Ile d’Yeu due to the resurgence of covid-19 cases, the prefecture announced.