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France is plunged into a fourth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, with figures showing that cases are below the alert threshold in only eight departments, and more areas reimposing restrictions.

France is plunged into a fourth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, with a number of cases above the alert level in all departments except eight. Many regions are reimposing restrictions.

The minimum alert threshold is 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last seven days; the maximum is 250.

And while Prime Minister Jean Castex has ruled out imposing any new national regulations before the new health pass rules come into effect, more and more departments are starting to reimpose their own restrictions.

At the time of writing (July 27), the rules in the most affected departments are as follows:

Upper Corsica

  • The most affected “metropolitan” department in France (excluding overseas departments and territories).
  • Incidence rate (cases per 100,000) 699
  • Ban on gatherings of more than 10 people on beaches and green spaces after 9:00 p.m.
  • From August 1, events, such as birthdays and weddings of more than 50 guests, must be declared to the prefecture
  • From August 1, bars and restaurants closed from midnight
  • From August 3, wearing a mask is compulsory in the busy areas of Bastia, Corte, Calvi, Ile Rousse, Calenzana, and St Florent.

Eastern Pyrenees

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory outdoors except on beaches and in natural areas
  • Bars and restaurants closed from 11:00 p.m.


  • Masks now mandatory in many public spaces but not on beaches and natural spaces
  • Ban on drinking alcohol in public
  • Ban on amplified music in public, including restaurant and bar terraces
  • The ban on music does not apply to events organized publicly, nor to bars and restaurant terraces which have “health protocols” in place.
  • The rules must remain in place until at least August 16.


  • Mask compulsory in all municipalities except six less populated municipalities.
  • Masks not necessary on the beaches.


  • Masks compulsory outside in most parts of the city, as well as Montauban, Moissac and Castelsarrasin.

Charente Maritime

  • Masks compulsory in 45 municipalities, including Ile de Ré and La Rochelle, including where physical distancing cannot be imposed; except on the beaches
  • Ban on drinking alcohol in public
  • Ban on the sale and consumption of “laughing gas” capsules in public
  • Prohibition of amplified music on the beaches of Vendée
  • The restrictions will apply until at least August 4.


  • Prohibition of drinking alcohol in public spaces, except on authorized terraces
  • Prohibition on the sale of alcohol to take away in Bordeaux, Arcachon, Lège-Cap-Ferret, Soulac-sur-Mer, Lacanau, Hourtin, Carcans, Le Porge, La Teste-de-Buch, Andernos-les-Bains, Vendays-Montalivet , Libourne and Saint-Emilion
  • Masks compulsory outside in certain “areas with a high population”, including the city center of Bordeaux, Libourne, Saint-Emilion, and certain seaside areas of Soulac-sur-Mer and La Teste-de-Buch
  • Masks are mandatory in situations such as “in markets, garage sales, queues and anywhere people collect minors”.
  • Masks not necessary in parks, gardens, beaches or natural spaces.


  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in 58 of the 153 municipalities, including on seaside walks, but not on beaches or forest areas
  • People participating in individual outdoor sports such as running do not need to wear masks
  • Ban on the sale of alcohol in the evening
  • Ban on drinking alcohol in public in 16 municipalities.


  • Mandatory wearing of a mask in public in Anglet, Bayonne, Biarritz, Guéthary, Hendaye and Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • Ban on drinking alcohol in public in the same six municipalities until August 31
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in certain situations, such as in markets or during public events.


  • Prohibition of gatherings of the type “groups, meetings or public activities, or in spaces open to the public” of more than 20 people, including “festivals, shows and outdoor concerts with standing persons”, and “places open to the public”
  • Indoor capacity set at 5,000 seats for public spaces such as concert halls
  • Ban on drinking alcohol in public and outdoor spaces
  • Prohibition of amplified music in the same spaces
  • Mask required outdoors in more frequented public areas, including tourist hot spots.


  • Incidence rate 193.1
  • Masks compulsory in the busy streets of Deauville, Trouville, Honfleur, Villers-sur-Mer, Blonville-sur-Mer and Cabourg


  • Incidence rate 148. The Bas-Rhin has the highest incidence rate in the Grand Est region.
  • Masks compulsory for all pedestrians aged 11 and over outdoors in municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants, and in open-air markets, demonstrations or any other form of public gathering
  • Prohibition on selling and drinking alcohol in public
  • Authorities plan to close bars and restaurants at a specific time.


  • Masks mandatory for all gatherings of more than 10 people outdoors, including in certain situations, such as markets, queues and near high-traffic areas.

Pas de Calais

  • Masks compulsory in the most frequented municipalities, including Boulogne-sur-Mer, Berck-sur-Mer, Calais and Le Touquet.


  • Mask compulsory in public spaces including the coastal towns of Sables d’Olonne, L’ÃŽle-d’Yeu and Noirmoutier.
  • Masks compulsory in other municipalities where physical distancing is not possible

This list is not exhaustive; some municipalities and local prefectures have imposed their own rules on a more local scale.

It remains to be seen whether the extension of the health pass (date to be set for August 5 for this) will make it possible to control the epidemic as planned, or if the government will be able to consider reimposing certain restrictions at the national level.

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