At sunny Saint-Tropez, the party crowd brings champagne and the coronavirus
Another eatery, Noto, which describes itself as a “festive Italian restaurant” on the Place des Lices, was shuttered Monday for two weeks after six employees tested positive. And the regional health agency recorded 64 cases on the peninsula between July 25 and Aug. 1.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the local prefecture closed two other hopping Pampelonne Beach clubs — Moorea and Verde — for not respecting social distancing rules. Indeed, on the eve of the closure announcement, Verde’s thumping music and the cheering of the crowd could be heard a mile away.
Masks are ‘not sexy’
Because “the virus affects with a particular sensitivity the municipality of Saint-Tropez, which has a significant flow of tourists each summer, especially in its city center,” and because “physical distancing rules cannot be guaranteed day or night” in public areas because of the “high concentration of people,” the prefecture began requiring masks throughout Saint-Tropez on Saturday. Saint-Tropez Deputy Mayor Sylvie Siri told the local daily, the Var-Matin, that she hoped the measure would “serve as an electroshock” to reckless vacationers …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]