Beaches are now completely banned

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Access to all beaches in Occitanie is now prohibited by prefectural decree.

This is effective from this Thursday noon until March 31.

The decree came about after several groups from Paris congregated on the beaches in Hérault, ignoring the banning of groups.  The decree is now in place, so not even individuals are allowed on the beaches.

Additional police patrols will criss-cross the coastline to stop people going to the beaches.

“People have not understood what confinement really is, they think they have the right to come for a walk on the beach and especially if they are going to be alone. So yes, we are going to take much more drastic measures “, said a spokesperson from La Grande-Motte, reflecting the views of many other beach towns and cities across Occitanie.

Source: France 3