New measures in Nice announced by Christian Estrosi - During a press conference held this morning the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has announced new measures from Monday May 11th. Estrosi declared that if "Nice has successfully carried out the lockdown we now need to succeed in the end of lockdown”.
Masks - It will be compulsory to wear a mask when out in public from 8am to 8pm in Nice. Joggers may run without one but are required to have the mask in their pocket. This measure is in place until June 2nd. Masks as previously mentioned also remain compulsory on public transport with the exception of children under 11 years old.
Estrosi had expressed his wish to introduce this measure ahead of Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe’s speech on Thursday. In an interview on French television he declared that in his view “it was proven that masks protected individuals and they should be made compulsory”. This morning he announced the measure for Nice adding that by Monday Nice will be the only city in France where 2 masks will have been given free of charge to all residents.
Concerning reopening in the city the Mayor confirmed the following;
Markets - For food markets activity can resume from Tuesday, May 12th. He added that "each professional will be provided with masks, gel and visor,". In addition to this measure there will be ground markings in place to ensure the rules of social distancing. Finally, the food on the stalls will only be handled by maket stall holders and not by customers.
Prom - A much awaited news was announced concerning the Promenade des Anglais will also reopen to pedestrians on May 11th and a reopening of beaches in planned for May 16th which will depend on the situation of the current health crisis.
The mayor went on to announce that secondhand booksellers could reopen on Saturday 23rd May and the flea markets will be able to resume on Monday 25th May.
Finally, all parks in the city of Nice will be able to reopen this Monday, May 11th. Children’s play areas will remain closed until further notice. In addition, 11 parks will be reserved for seniors from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Finally the mayor of Nice also confirmed that all municipal swimming pools and sports facilities will remain closed.