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Masks mandatory (again) in certain outdoor areas in Paris

It comes after a court ended a similar rule last week, stating the measure was disproportionate, excessive and an attack on ‘individual freedom’

Masks are mandatory again in certain outdoor areas in Ile-de-France, including markets and around the entrances to shopping centres Pic: Karen Maze / Shutterstock

Wearing masks is once again required in certain areas of Paris and the Ile-de-France region, just days after a similar decree was suspended by an administrative court. 

Wearing a mask everywhere outdoors in Paris became mandatory on December 31 in a bid to stem the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid.

However, that rule was suspended by the court in a decision on January 13. The court stated that the measure was “disproportionate and excessive” and an attack on “individual freedom”.

Read more: Why Paris court has overturned rule on mandatory outdoor mask-wearing

But yesterday (January 17), the prefect of Paris Police, Didier Lallement, issued a new order that has been adopted by all departments in the Ile-de-France region, reinstating mask-wearing in specific places. 

These include:

  • Outdoor markets
  • All gatherings of at least ten people
  • Bus stops
  • The vicinity of railway stations 
  • The entrances to shopping centres during opening hours
  • Schools and universities when students are arriving and leaving
  • Places of worship during services

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