PARIS: The French government has declared Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhone area around Marseille on the Mediterranean coast as "red" zones with a high coronavirus infection risk, according to a government decree published on Friday (Aug 14).
The decree gives local authorities the power to limit the circulation of people and vehicles, to restrict the access to public transport and air travel, to limit the access to public buildings and to close some establishments where there is a high risk of infection.
The measure follows a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections over the past two weeks.
Paris and Marseille had in recent days already made the wearing of face masks mandatory in busy public areas.
Late on Thursday Britain said it would impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France from Saturday because of the spike in infection rates.
The Netherlands and four other countries were also added to the UK quarantine list that already included Spain and Belgium.
Making Paris and Marseilles red zones could have a major impact on tourism, as it could lead other countries to impose quarantines on their citizens returning from those areas.