France’s Covid restrictions are easing slightly today (February 2), and people are no longer required to wear masks in town centres, although prefectures may decide to impose their own rules.
Everyone is also strongly advised to keep wearing a mask in outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible, such as markets, crowds, demonstrations or concerts.
Mask-wearing remains mandatory, however, in various public settings for people over the age of six.
These places include:
Large shops and shopping centres of over 20,000 square metres, based on a decision by the departmental prefecture
Other enclosed spaces open to the public
Entertainment and leisure venues such as theatres, cinemas or stadiums
Restaurants and bars including in outdoor terrasses. This is only required when moving about and not when sitting down
Ski lifts and in ski lift queues, although masks are not required on the pistes themselves
Public transport, whether that be trains, métros, trams or planes
Schools, where staff and children over six must wear a mask both in their classrooms and in the playground
In addition to restrictions regarding mask-wearing, rules requiring people to work from home at least three days a week if possible have also been relaxed today, although workers are still encouraged to do so if they can.
The capacity limit at sports and cultural events has also been lifted for seated audiences, although masks must be worn in these settings. Crowd limits had previously been set at 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 people outdoors