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Where face masks will no longer be needed in France from February 28

If a vaccine pass is required, a mask is not, except in certain situations such as on public transport. See our full list here

Masks have been mandatory in almost all indoor public places in France for around 18 months, but that is set to change at the end of February Pic: Kos Hemerik / Shutterstock

France is to drop mandatory mask wearing in enclosed public spaces where the vaccine pass is required from February 28. 

However, there are some exceptions.

We list below the most common places where masks will no longer be required in indoor public spaces, and where they will still be required. 

Read more: France to end mask rule in enclosed spaces where vaccine pass required

Masks no longer required (from February 28):

  • Restaurants

  • Cafes

  • Bars

  • Cinemas

  • Theatres

  • Museums

  • Concert halls / music venues

  • Sports stadiums

  • Department stores if a vaccine pass is demanded on entrance (this depends on local rules)

  • Casinos

  • Public libraries (with some exceptions)

  • All cultural and sporting events

  • Religious buildings if it is to visit a cultural event, such as a concert (and organisers demand a vaccine pass for entrance)

List is not exhaustive, please see this link for more information.

Masks still required:

  • Public transport (including buses, all trains, metros, domestic flights)

  • Shops

  • Department stores (if no vaccine pass is demanded on entrance)

  • Hospitals

  • Retirement homes

  • Other medical facilities

  • Administrative / public offices

  • Offices

  • Religious buildings / services

List is not exhaustive, please see this link for more information.

Yet to be announced:

Nightclubs are set to re-open in France on February 16, but it has not yet been announced whether masks will be mandatory inside. 

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