They have had the instructions and the work begins. While the obligation to wear a mask extends to many municipalities, the largest cities received a letter this week from Jean Castex. The Prime Minister urged them to build, in conjunction with the prefects, action plans adapted to local realities in order to cope with the epidemic resumption. The request of the executive echoes the opinion of July 27 of the Scientific Council which underlined the “fragility” of communities during the health crisis and called for more responsiveness at the level of the territories.
Measures “next week” in Lyon, a plan “being finalized” in Bordeaux
The copies must be returned in the first days of September at the latest. Local authorities therefore have less than three weeks to organize themselves. And everything is not yet defined in these cities, where round tables and meetings continue. “We learned to take care of fragile people in nursing homes, to open schools with half of the students, to organize transport, explains the vice-president of Toulouse Métropole, François Chollet. We have acquired the idea; the idea. is to formalize it. “
In Lyon (Rhône), the municipality intends to “take measures next week to support the gradual return of holidaymakers”. Wearing a mask is not yet compulsory. Unlike two shopping streets in Bordeaux since Saturday. At the town hall of the Gironde prefecture, it is specified: “Our plan is being finalized with social and economic components. We must have it by the end of the month.” To refine their measures, the municipalities are working with the prefecture and the regional health agencies (ARS). In Nantes Métropole, meetings are being prepared with the departmental prefecture in order to develop a plan “in a partnership and concerted manner”.
In Marseille, political tensions
In the Bouches-du-Rhône, a department now classified as an “active traffic zone” for Covid-19, wearing a mask has been compulsory since today in certain districts of the 14 “most important or most touristic” cities, of after the prefect Pierre Dartout, including the first seven districts of Marseille. “All the mayors have shown themselves to be very favorable to these decrees,” he assured.
But cooperation between the different levels is not always straightforward. The first deputy of Marseille Benoît Payan thus asks the State to “immediately deploy means of communication, signage, mediators and obviously the national police to enforce the decree”.
In the city, the health issue quickly turned political. The mayor, Michèle Rubirola, asked the metropolis of Aix-Marseille-Provence (AMP), in charge of transport, to increase the frequency of buses. Refusal of Martine Vassal, president (LR) of AMP and unfortunate rival in the municipal elections of the Marseille councilor. Saturday evening, it was the prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône who set himself up as justice of the peace, deciding in favor of an increase in traffic.
In Paris, a testing observatory
In the other red zone of the country, in Paris, the wearing of the obligatory mask has just been extended to entire districts. Other measures to channel the spread are already in the pipeline. Seventeen barnums will soon be deployed in the arrondissements. Objective: to allow Parisians to get tested faster and more easily.
If the measurements are more precise here than elsewhere, an always fluctuating schedule has yet to be determined, despite the imminence of the threat. “We are not completely sure to be able to put all the barnums in place at the start of the school year, recognizes Anne Souyris, the health assistant. Half will be there and all then.” The elected representative also evokes a generalization of tests for children, parents and school officials when classes resume.
Better feedback could tell us which measures need to be strengthened
Across Île-de-France, the ARS also plans to strengthen prevention measures. A platform will be launched tomorrow to facilitate access to tests. Seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., a doctor can contact an on-call laboratory to refer a symptomatic patient or contacts of positive cases. In order to streamline an often seized process, an observatory for access to tests should also be set up by the end of the month. Representatives of physicians, laboratories, user associations and health insurance services will be associated with it in order to identify local difficulties and remedy them.
However, despite communication very focused on consultation, some municipalities in the Ile-de-France feel they have been left out. “I am concerned that a certain number of players are not put in the loop, it is detrimental to the prevention policy, sighs Fabrice Giraux, director of health for the city of Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis Better feedback could tell us what measures need to be reinforced. We are still in a very Jacobin country. ”