Friday, January 21

Return of the mask obligatory in Paris because of the “tidal wave” of the Omicron variant

The mask becomes mandatory again in the streets of Paris from Friday to face the “tidal wave” of the Omicron variant which has led to an outbreak of Covid 19 contaminations in France, the capital’s police headquarters announced on Wednesday.

This obligation applies to people over 11 years old, “with the exception of people moving inside vehicles, cyclists and users of two wheels” or “people practicing a sporting activity”, specified the prefecture in a press release.

Offenders may be fined 135 euros.

The limited festivities for New Years Eve

At the same time, the prefecture announced the closure of drinking establishments on Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 am, also prohibiting “all dance activities in all establishments open to the public”.

Nightclubs, closed since December 10, will have to keep their doors closed for three more weeks in January.

Gatherings of people giving rise to the consumption of alcohol on public roads are also prohibited in Paris.

Nearly 9,000 police and soldiers will be mobilized to enforce these measures during the night of New Year’s Eve.

France records records for Covid-19 contamination with 208,000 new cases on Wednesday, after around 180,000 during the previous twenty-four hours.

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