When and where you must wear a mask in France: Checklist

Anyone who flouts new requirement to wear a mask in enclosed public spaces can be fined €135

20 July 2020
By Connexion journalist

Failing to wear a mask in enclosed public places such as shops or restaurants in France could cost you €135 from today.

The new rules make it compulsory for anyone over the age of 11 to wear a mask in any enclosed space that is open to the public, including shops, banks, libraries, shopping centres, covered markets, public areas of government offices, museums and tourist sites.

Anyone who flouts the mask requirement could be fined €135.

Here is the full list of places where masks are now compulsory in France:

Mask rules in place in France

Wearing masks was already compulsory for travel on public transport, taxis and private hire vehicles in France. Fines for not wearing masks on buses or trains are also €135.

Cafés, bars and restaurants already have a protocol in place which requires customers to wear a mask when they move around inside and remove it only when seated at a table, while many shops already have signs at their entrances telling customers to wear masks while inside. They are also compulsory at airports across the country.

The government said it was up to companies to decide whether to require their employees to wear masks in offices or inside spaces.

Masks are not compulsory for pedestrians in the street but it has been left to local authorities to decide what rules to impose in public parks and beaches.

Some tourist attractions, such as the Louvre, Disneyland Paris and the Eiffel Tower have also said that masks are a requirement for entry.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday that the stricter mask rules were being introduced earlier than initially announced by President Emmanuel Macron in a bid to prevent a 'second wave' of coronavirus infections following a rise in cases of coronavirus in parts of France.

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