Mandatory inside, but also outside. The mask will be back on Friday in Paris and Lyon, as well as in most of Île-de-France. A measure taken in view of the very rapid spread of the Omicron variant, which broke the record of 208,000 new cases in 24 hours.
From this Thursday, at midnight, it will indeed be necessary to wear the mask throughout the capital, excluding the Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes. Offenders face a fine of 135 euros. This measure does not apply to “persons circulating inside vehicles, cyclists and users of two wheels” or “persons practicing a sporting activity”. Children under 11 are excluded.
The department of Seine-Saint-Denis in turn announced the return of the mask on Thursday, after other Ile-de-France departments on Wednesday evening: Hauts-de-Seine and Val-de-Marne, the municipalities of Val-d’Oise and Seine-et-Marne, the agglomerations of Essonne and the center of the agglomerations of Yvelines will be concerned. “Due to the severe deterioration of the health situation, wearing a mask is compulsory in #SeineSaintDenis for people eleven years old and over on public roads and in places open to the public,” tweeted the prefecture of the Seine- St Denis.
Wearing a mask will also be necessary in the streets of Lyon and Villeurbanne for three weeks, except between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., the prefecture announced this morning.
On the eve of the Christmas holidays, several cities had already announced the return of the wearing of outdoor masks, others have done so since the surge in positive Covid cases in recent days and after the recommendations of the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior. Wearing a mask has in fact become compulsory for several weeks on several perimeters of the very busy cities of Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Anglet or Pau.
The French already had to wear the mask around schools or places welcoming minors, train and bus stations, outdoor spaces of shopping centers, places of worship at the time of services and ceremonies. In all gatherings, demonstrations, meetings or activities organized on public roads, places of festivals and shows, markets, flea markets and unpacking sales, in queues and Christmas markets, wearing a mask is also became mandatory again.
Restrictive measures have also been taken throughout Ile-de-France to limit activities during New Year’s Eve.