In France, wearing a mask will be compulsory from the age of six from Monday in internal transport according to a decree published on Saturday in the Official Journal, which also prohibits the sale and distribution of food and drink on board for three weeks.
This obligation, which until now concerned children from 11 years old, will apply in public transport, boats, planes, and vehicles (including taxis and VTC), as well as in train stations, public transport stations. and terminals, specifies the decree. Access to these spaces and means of transport “is refused to anyone who does not respect this obligation”, notes the text – the wording being unchanged from the previous version of this decree.
From Monday and “until January 23, 2022 inclusive, the sale and service for consumption on board of food and drink is prohibited when traveling within metropolitan territory “or overseas communities, also indicates the decree.
The decree does not give any additional details on consumption on board, apart from the fact that the restaurants on the boats are not concerned. Carriers will have to specify directly what will be on the basis of a health protocol, Matignon told AFP.
“In application of the instructions given by the Prime Minister (Monday), it is not allowed to remove the mask to consume food or drinks” whatever the train, with the exception of Thalys and Eurostar, for example indicated a spokesperson for the SNCF.
The catering services on board TGV and Intercités will be suspended Monday, and until January 23, in accordance with the decree, said SNCF.