France declares Paris, Marseille high-risk COVID zones
PARIS (FRANCE) – Paris and Marseille were declared high-risk zones for coronavirus by the French government on Friday. This allows the authorities to impose localised restrictions to stem the spread of infections.
France on Thursday reported more than 2,500 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day.
The high-risk zone declaration enables local authorities of Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhone area to curtail the movement of people and vehicles and limit access to public transport, air travel and public buildings. They can also order the closure of bars, restaurants and other establishments.
In recent days, Paris and Marseille had made face masks mandatory in public places.
Converting Paris and Marseille into red zones could have an adverse impact on tourism, prompting other countries to impose quarantine on those returning from France.
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