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