Coronavirus: curfew, facemask-wearing, fine in the event of an offence

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 14 October 2020 at 20h19 · Updated on 15 October 2020 at 14h39
In France, as the coronavirus epidemic is escalating, new restrictions are implemented, including a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., and facemask wearing depending on areas. What sanctions are to be expected in the event of an offence?

As the coronavirus epidemic is escalating in France, new restrictions are implemented in the country depending on the seriousness of the situation. Therefore, some areas see facemask wearing being more and more required, and even a curfew is implemented starting Saturday October 17, 2020 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Emmanuel Macron’s latest measure announced on Wednesday October 14, 2020 leads to the returns of certificates to justify any outing outside hours allowed by this new rule.

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As the coronavirus epidemic is growing exponentially in France, on October 14, Emmanuel Macron announced curfew will be set in Paris and Ile-de-France from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Saturday October 17 at midnight. Curfew will be on for at least 4 weeks.

So, what to expect in the event of an offence? As for facemask wearing and for the curfew, the sanction in the event of an offence is a fine set at €135. This is the same amount that has been implemented – after re-assessment – during lockdown in case of unjustified outing. It is also required in Ile-de-France public transport where facemasks are already mandatory. Careful though, this is the fine for the first offence: the bill can grow heavier in the event of a repeat offence.

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