French mayor to fine citizens for spitting in public, discarding used masks in streets amid coronavirus

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.

The mayor of a northern French suburb will begin to enforce stricter hygiene measures during the coronavirus lockdown after receiving complaints of unsanitary conditions.

Mayor Bernard Gérard of Marcq-en-Baroeul, a town on the outskirts of the city Lille, signed an order on April 2 after receiving complaints of people spitting in public, sneezing without covering their faces and leaving used gloves and masks in public streets, French daily Le Parisian reported.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE

Those who violate the measures will be fined 68 euros ($74), according to the order. The fine will jump to 180 euros ($197) if payment is received late.

A discarded mask is pictured outside a hospital on Saturday in Rennes, located in western France. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

A discarded mask is pictured outside a hospital on Saturday in Rennes, located in western France. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Gérard called it “intolerable” to leave the cleanup of such potentially contaminated personal protection equipment to others. He asked for “respect for those who work and clean the streets on a daily basis.”

FRENCH MAN RESCUED TRYING TO CROSS THE PYRENEES TO BUY CHEAP CIGARETTES DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

Mayors of towns and cities in parts of France have begun to mandate citizens to wear face masks in public. The decision comes after the French government, like many others around the world, had said only those showing signs of infection and medical workers should wear masks.

The mayor of the southern city of Nice, Christian Estrosi, announced Monday that masks citizens can reuse for up to a month will be distributed to everyone in eight to 10 days, daily Nice-Matin reported.

People wear masks and gloves to protect against the spread of the coronavirus as they ride a subway Paris on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

People wear masks and gloves to protect against the spread of the coronavirus as they ride a subway Paris on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The mayors of Cannes, Sceaux, and Mandelieu-la-Napoule came to similar decisions on Tuesday, according to Local France. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said her city could follow suit.

"Everyone should have some kind of protection, and some kind of scarf or mask is better than nothing," Hidalgo said.

'BORED' MAN IN FRANCE FINED AFTER PILOTING PLANE DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN

The new rules come as France’s some 65 million citizens entered its fourth week under lockdown.

Virus-related fatalities and infections have continued to soar, with the country seeing on Monday its deadliest 24-hour period since the outbreak began. The record 833 new deaths brought the death toll to 8,911, with the number of confirmed cases rising to 98,984.

France’s health minister, Olivier Veran, warned that the pandemic has not yet reached its peak.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

"It is not over. Far from that,” Veran told reporters Monday evening. “The path is long. The figures that I have announced show this. Stay at home and continue this confinement effort.”