THE mayor of Bordeaux has said the increase in Covid-19 cases in the city is worrying and has prompted him to make it mandatory to wear a face mask on the two main retail high streets.
Pierre Hurmic has said that from Saturday 15 August, people will have to wear a mask when walking along the rue Sainte-Catherine and rue Porte-Dijeaux.
For the first couple of days people will be advised of the requirement, but soon after fines of 135 euros will be levied on those who refuse to wear a face mask.
The rate of Covid-19 infections in Bordeaux currently stands at nine cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with the authorities worried about the direction of travel of the infection rate.
At present the wearing of face masks will not be required on the quay side, a popular meeting place, but the mayor will keep a keen eye on the situation and has said he would not hesitate to bring in tighter restrictions if necessary.