The crowd is impressive. On the evening of Saturday July 11, in Nice, thousands of people gathered on the Quai des Etats-Unis and the Promenade des Anglais to attend the concert of DJ The Avener, present at the top of the Bellanda tower. As reported by France 3 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the atmosphere was particularly festive, the music was even heard for hundreds of meters, and the individuals were very close to each other, many forgetting the barrier actions to fight against the coronavirus epidemic.
The sequence, broadcast notably on the Facebook page of the city of Nice, did not fail to react on social networks while many are worried about a renewed epidemic in France – at the same time, in a forum at Parisian, a group of doctors launched an appeal to make the wearing of the mask compulsory in closed public places. Some internet users have even directly questioned the mayor of the city of the Southeast, Christian Estrosi.
According to a reporter fromToday in France-Le Parisien and Reuters, present on the spot, the town hall closed the sector when the bar of 5,000 people was crossed to respect the maximum gauge provided by the prefecture. “All the conditions have been met. We have the impression on the images, but on the spot the people are not so tight. Signs and audio messages reminded us of the barrier gestures to be respected, ”explains France Info to the town hall of Nice.
In the coming days, the city will be the scene of new festivities, notably “summer sessions” organized from July 17 to 21 as part of the Nice Jazz Festival.
Concert of The Avener this evening in Nice while the COVID-19 resumes and the Southern region has seen its R start to rise again. What consistency, @cestrosi! It was worth making boxes with chloroquine and masks … pic.twitter.com/rp4tvGiQ72
– Sylvain Falcou (@SylvainFalcou) July 11, 2020
The promenade des Anglais access area was filtered for The Avener’s concert at # nice06. According to the town hall, the sector was closed when the 5,000 people were reached to respect the maximum gauge set by the prefecture (counting done in real time)
– Matthias Galante (@Matthiasgalante) July 11, 2020
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On June 21, a similar loosening of barrier gestures and physical distancing was also noted in Paris on the occasion of the Fête de la Musique. Crowds had gathered in the streets despite health restrictions, forcing the police to intervene in certain places. “There have been a certain number of people who have not respected these instructions, we regret it, we deplore it”, declared Franck Riester, then Minister of Culture.