Nice to set up a curfew

Nice is about to set up a daily curfew starting this weekend, the mayor Christian Estrosi has announced.

20 March 2020
By Selma Daddi

Nice mairie told Connexion it is "just waiting for the approval of the préfecture" of the Alpes-Maritimes, which should sign the decree tonight.  It is therefore expected to be in place tomorrow (Saturday) night.

It follows on a decision to close access to the beach and the popular Promenade des Anglais, where many residents go to run every day.

Only medical staff and social workers who visit vulnerable people or other "vital workers", including certain transport workers such as taxi drivers, will be allowed to be out from 23.00 to 5.00 each day after until the order is lifted.

Lights in the city will also decrease in intensity to deter people from being outside and “send a signal” to residents to stay home.

The mayor, who is in isolation himself after having tested positive to coronavirus, has stressed that infra-red light cameras are used by police to look out for criminal action in the Riviera city.

To deter people breaching the confinement rules, the city police have been using drones today and yesterday with speakers which repeat: "All outings are prohibited with certain exceptions" and "Please maintain a safe distance of at least one metre between each person".

The earliest announcements of the curfew referred to 20.00, however in the final version this was modified to 23.00. This article has been updated to account for the change.

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