January 23, 2022

In Paris, the wearing of a mask is once again compulsory in the open air in crowded places

In a queue, at a demonstration, in a market … Wearing a mask is once again compulsory in Paris in the open air in frequented places, and closed places subject to the health pass. This decree from the Paris police headquarters, published Friday, November 16, comes in the wake of the restriction measures announced Thursday, November 25 by the government to fight against the upsurge in the number of Covid-19 cases.

In a press release, the prefecture emphasizes that “The territory of Paris and its agglomeration is currently experiencing a rapid deterioration in its epidemic indicators”.

The wearing of the compulsory mask is reinstated outdoors during “Any gathering, demonstration, meeting or activity organized on public roads”, according to a statement. It is also used in festival and performance venues, as well as in markets, flea markets and unpacked sales, including Christmas markets.

In the vicinity of schools and universities, as well as near places of worship, a mask must also be worn, as well as in the queues. These instructions also apply to closed places where the sanitary pass is required, such as cinemas, theaters and sports halls.

Verbalization for the recalcitrant

The Paris police headquarters stresses that the recalcitrant will be fined, as will the operators of places open to the public who do not control the pass. However, this obligation does not apply to people with disabilities who have a medical certificate. It will also be possible to travel on two-wheelers and to play sports outside without a mask.

The mask is already compulsory in other cities in France, such as Strasbourg in the perimeter of the Christmas market. The prefect of the Gironde department and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Fabienne Buccio, announced at a press conference that she was going to write a decree to impose this Saturday the wearing of the mask outdoors in very crowded places. , particularly in the city centers of Bordeaux and Libourne.

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The government announced Thursday a tightening of the constraints, without re-containment or curfew. He has stepped up the pressure on the unvaccinated and opened the recall from this Saturday to all adults. The authorities also insist on the importance of barrier gestures to stem this wave described as dazzling, including, in addition to masks, the need to ventilate the rooms and wash hands.

“We can pass this wave without resorting to the most restrictive tools”, said the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, referring to the fifth wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, which is “Undoubtedly stronger, longer than (…) that of this summer ”.

Le Monde with AFP and Reuters