Paris: how much longer is mask-wearing mandatory outdoors?

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 18 December 2020 at 12h02 · Updated on 18 December 2020 at 16h21
Wearing a facemask has grown mandatory over the summer in several cities in France. In Paris and the inner suburbs of Paris, it has been mandatory since July 20, 2020… But for how much longer?

The coronavirus epidemic is still spreading in France and more and more restrictions are implemented. They are made harder or lighter depending on the evolution of the epidemic. But in Paris and the inner suburbs of Paris, a measure has not changed since this summer: masks are still compulsory outside.

The French capital is not the only city to have instated mandatory facemask-wearing in the streets. Hoping to be able to curb the second wave, several cities in France have implemented the same restriction since this summer. But several months a one lockdown later, what about these restrictions?

Since November 16 in Marne, mandatory facemask-wearing has been extended to February 2021 in cities originally concerned by a strong incidence rate in people aged 65+. On November 28, Lyon also chose to extend facemask-wearing to late 2020.

But other cities have decided to put an end to this measure. This is the case in Vassy, Calvados, where facemasks are no longer compulsory outdoors since December 2nd. The city of Saint-Amand-Montrond has also made this measure lighter because indicators have decreased well.

But what about Paris? The decree to make facemask-wearing compulsory in Paris and the inner suburbs of Paris does not say anything about the duration of this measure. Therefore, it depends on the evolution of the health crisis. Even though the Île-de-France region has been severely impacted during the first peak, it has been pretty much spared during the second wave in comparison with other regions such as Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes or even Hauts-de-France. But the prospect of a third wave in January might encourage the region to be cautious. Early December, president Macron said a during a live Q&A on Snapchat as part of his interview with Brut he hopes facemasks no longer be needed by summer 2021.

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