Since this past May 11, protective facemasks are mandatory in public transportation as well as in main stores. Many French are also wearing a mask when going out in order to be protected from Covid-19. Available on sale in pharmacies, tobacco stores and even supermarkets, these masks are reusable (non-surgical cloth facemasks) or disposable, the famous surgical masks. If rates for the cloth ones reach no ceiling, the price for surgical facemasks is limited to 95 cents per piece, for those sold by the piece, and 80 cents if they are sold in bulk, and this since May 2nd, thanks to a decree published in the Journal Officiel.
This control was said to end on Saturday May 23, 2020. Some people were rightly wondering if the government was to extend or not the control of surgical face masks like socialist MP Valérie Rabault.
➡️Samedi 23 mai prend fin l'encadrement du prix des masques jetable à 0,95€ TTC (https://t.co/mbaOkf0ihb).— Valérie Rabault (@Valerie_Rabault) May 21, 2020
❌Le @gouvernementFR compte-t-il prolonger cet encadrement ? Il n'a jamais répondu à aucune de nos questions.
✅Nous demandons la poursuite de cet encadrement du prix
Tweet reads: “Saturday May 23 ends the control of the price for disposal facemasks for €0.95 including VAT. Does the French government want to extend this control? They never answered our questions. We ask for the control of the price to be extended”.
On May 22, the government has changed the decree by extending the control of the price of surgical masks as long as health emergency lasts, that is to stay up to July 10, 2020.
L’encadrement des prix des gels hydroalcooliques et des masques de type chirurgical est prolongé jusqu’au 10 juillet. En parallèle, la @DGCCRF poursuit ses contrôles pour vérifier la qualité des masques et faire des relevés de prix. ⤵️https://t.co/XzesR8RHYP— Agnès Pannier-Runacher (@AgnesRunacher) May 22, 2020
Tweet reads: “The control of prices for hydroalcoholic gels and surgical masks is extended to July 10. In the meantime, the DGCCRF keeps on performing controls to check the quality of the masks and track prices”