Protesters gathered in Paris on Saturday, August 29, against the government's ruling that the use of facemasks is mandatory in Paris and surrounding areas due to the increase in new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Some 300 people gathered in Place de la Nation from 13:00 (local time) and were joined by some protesters from the Yellow Vest movement, who were staging their own demonstration in Paris on Saturday. The protest remained peaceful, and police surrounded the gathering and issued fines to those not wearing face masks.
Further protests are possible in the near term, and a heightened security presence with associated localized disruptions should be anticipated at any protest site.
Officials have announced that the wearing of face masks will be compulsory in public places throughout Paris from August 29, as cases of COVID-19 continued to increase in the city. The use of face masks in indoor public spaces and on public transport has been mandatory across France since July 20, but a number of municipal and local authorities have brought in additional directives requiring people to wear them in crowded outdoor public places and other areas. From Tuesday, September 1, face masks will also become compulsory in enclosed shared workplaces throughout the country.
Those in Paris are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests or large gatherings, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities.
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