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Come to France, but bring a mask

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

As from Monday, 20th July masks will be compulsory in all public enclosed spaces in France. The Prime Minister Jean Castex announced: “We had envisaged that these rules would come into force from August 1 because we are working preventatively, not in haste. But I have heard and understood that this original deadline appeared late and raised further questions. The decree will therefore come into force from next week (20/7/20).”

This law comes after France is seeing a rise in infections in several regions, with Brittany the worst hit, having an R number of 2.62 whilst PACA in the south east has an R of 1.55. Six other regions have an R number above 1, these are Nouvelle Aquitaine (1.4), Pays de la Loire (1.5),

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (1.29), Ile-de-France (1.15), Hauts-de-France (1.06) and Bourgogne Franche-Comté (1.21).

The current fine for not wearing a mask on public transport is 135€ & it is likely that this figure will also be applied to public enclosed spaces.

In general the rules are:

Shops & public indoor spaces: A mask is required to be worn at all times.

Bars/ restaurants: A mask is required to be worn upon entering/ leaving but can be removed when sitting at your table.

Cinemas/ theatres: A mask is required to be worn upon entering/ leaving & in communal areas but can be removed when sitting.

Tourist sites: A mask is required to be worn indoors though some sites such as Monet's gardens at Giverny even require them to be worn outdoors.

La Rochelle on the west coast of France has also made it compulsory to wear masks outdoors in some of the city centre streets. This ruling came into effect on 23rd July & is likely to be followed by other cities that are popular tourist destinations.

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