Covid: facemask-wearing compulsory outdoor again in Paris

Published by Manon C. · Photos by My B. · Published on 31 December 2021 at 11h41
Facemask-wearing is compulsory outdoor again in Paris starting from Friday December 31, as announced this past December 28th by the Paris Police Prefecture. The measure applies to people over the age of 11, "excluding people driving their cars, bicyclers, and two-wheeler drivers", or "people working out".

This past November 27, French Health Minister Olivier Véran announced the implementation of new measures to stop the fifth wave spreading in the country. Among them, the return of compulsory facemask-wearing indoors, in places open to the public, even subject to the health pass such as concert venues, theaters or even movie theaters.

Just after, Paris police prefect has decided to reinstate compulsory facemask-wearing in some outdoor places including markets, flea markets, Christmas markets, queues, gatherings in the street, or even in front of places of worship and schools.

On Wednesday December 29, 2021, Paris Police Prefecture has decided to take it up a notch to stop the spread of Omicron, as the incidence rate is skyrocketting, announcing then facemask-wearing is compulsory outdoor again, starting from Friday December 31, 2021, in all streets in Paris.

This measure applies to people aged over 11, "excluding people driving their cars, bicyclers, and two-wheeler drivers", or "people working out", the prefecture specified in a release. Facemask-wearing is also compulsory in public places in Paris, "excluding the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes, or rights of way of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Le Bourget, and Paris-Orly airports".

Contraveners are likely to be fined €135, while "regular and reinforced controls will be instated from Friday, especially in crowded places in the city".

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