Wearing a mask in public spaces has been made compulsory in some French towns and cities, due to a surge in coronavirus infections.

Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said on Monday that people will have to wear masks outdoors in many of the major areas.

At the beginning of the pandemic, no one was required to wear masks outside. They were made mandatory in all enclosed public spaces and shops on July 22.

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Masks now have to be worn in 69 towns in Mayenne, in the north-west of France, where data has shown the virus is actively circulating.

On Monday, prime minister Jean Castex was in the northern city of Lille, which also made the wearing of masks compulsory in pedestrian areas and parks.

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“The virus is not on holiday and neither are we. We have to protect ourselves against this virus without making it necessary to stop our social and economic activities and avoid another lockdown”, Castex said.

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