End of facemasks in public transportation starting this Monday: where is it still compulsory in France?

Published by Caroline J. · Published on 16 May 2022 at 11h12
An announcement expected for quite a while. Starting from May 16, 2022, people in France are allowed to ditch facemasks in public transportation. Yet, it stays compulsory in some places, and here is which.

On Wednesday May 11, French Health Minister Olivier Véran made an announcement highly anticipated by lots of people: the end of facemask-wearing in public transportation. Starting from Monday May 16, 2022, people can ditch the mask in public transportation (buses, metros, trains, cabs…), as well as in airports and on planes. This is what the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) confirmed in a release.

A relief for many people as the warm temperatures over the past couple of days made facemask-wearing very difficult in closed places.

But then, where is facemask-wearing still compulsory in France? According to the service public website, it reads facemask-wearing is compulsory “in places of health (hospitals, pharmacies, health centers, medical laboratories…) for caregivers, patients and visitors”.

In the detail, facemask-wearing “can be required if the health situation demands” in the following places:

  • Hospitals, clinics, health centers
  • Offices of medical professionals and psychologists, osteopaths, chiropractors and psychotherapists
  • Pharmacies
  • Medical laboratories
  • Nursing homes
  • Elderly people’s or disabled people’s home if getting cares


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