Mandatory mask: Paris, exterior, places, age, poster

Mandatory mask Paris exterior places age poster

Due to the resurgence of the Covid epidemic, wearing a mask is compulsory almost everywhere in France. And this, from the age of 6 years. In which public places? Still in Paris? Restaurant, exterior, cinema, with or without health pass, company, school, sanction, poster, end: reminder of the official rules.

[Mis à jour le 14 janvier 2022 à 15h12] Due to the resurgence of the epidemic and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in France, wearing a mask has become compulsory. almost everywhere. According to a decree published in the Official Journal on January 1, 2022, wearing a mask becomes compulsory from 6 years old (compared to 11 previously) in certain places: public transport (boats, planes and vehicles – including taxis and VTCs –, as well as in stations, public transport stations and air terminals), performance halls, gymnasiums and sports halls, museums and libraries, shops, shopping centres, banks, hotels, places of worship, covered markets, restaurants and bars when travelling. Only “the practice of artistic activities” (singing, theatre, etc.) and sports, exemption from wearing a mask when practitioners indulge in it in the establishments concerned. Outside, the decision to make it compulsory in the street is up to the prefects. It had again become compulsory in Paris but the administrative court from Paris suspended this prefectural decree on January 13, 2022. In which places is the mask compulsory? At the restaurant ? At the movie theater ? In the transports ? In the office ? At school ? What’s the penalty if you don’t wear it? How do I know if the mask is mandatory in a place?

Is the mask compulsory in Paris?

Wearing a mask was again made compulsory in the streets of Paris on December 31, 2021, according to a prefectural decree from the Paris Police. “Wearing a mask, whether indoors or outdoors, in a city like Paris where the population mix is ​​permanent and there are numerous gatherings or crowds, is a very important barrier gesture, likely to considerably slow down traffic. virus“, had justified the prefecture. Nevertheless on Thursday January 13, 2022, the administrative court of Paris suspended this prefectural decree. “As it was neither necessary nor strictly proportionate, the administrative court wished to suspend the decree“, specified Me Jean-Baptiste Soufron, who pleaded for the suspension of this decree, with AFP. The decision will be published this Friday, added the administrative court of Paris.

Is the mask compulsory outdoors, in the street?

Wearing a mask is not compulsory nationwide. Nevertheless, the decision to make the wearing of the mask compulsory rests with the Prefects who are responsible for “to adopt the corresponding provisions in connection with the mayors“, said Jean Castex on December 27, 2021. Wearing a mask is for example compulsory in Hauts-de-France, many municipalities in Ile-de-France, the departments of Loire-Atlantique, Charente-Maritime, Vendée and for Lyon, Villeurbanne and Dijon. It is advisable to consult the website of your prefecture or his town hall to find out what rules apply in your area.

In which public places is it compulsory?

  • Public transport (boats, planes, trains, coaches, buses, trams, taxis and VTC);
  • Public transport stations and stations;
  • All establishments open to the public: shops, shopping centres, museums, libraries, cinemas, performance halls, conference rooms, etc.;
  • Bars, cafes and restaurants while travelling;
  • Hotels and accommodation establishments when travelling;
  • Covered markets;
  • Sports complexes and establishments covered when travelling. Wearing a mask is not compulsory for the practice of sports activities;
  • Outdoor establishments, tents;
  • Public services, administrations, banks, post offices;
  • Places of worship

The decree of December 31, 2021 indicates that access to these spaces will be “denied to anyonewho fails to comply with this obligation.

Is the mask compulsory despite the health pass?

We must distinguish theory from practice. Indoors, according to decree published on July 19, 2021, the mask is no longer compulsory in establishments whose access is restricted by the presentation of the health pass. the protocol published by the Ministry of Labor and applicable on September 1 confirms that “in places with the status of establishments open to the public, the obligations to wear a mask are not applicable to people who have accessed establishments, places, services and events with a health pass, with the exception of long-distance journeys by inter-regional transport”. This measure is applicable for professionals working in these places since they must have a health pass since August 30 to access them. In the restaurant, the waiters can thus be unmasked. In the facts, most establishments open to the public and requesting the health pass still require customers to wear a mask (cinemas, restaurants, etc.).

Is the mask compulsory in the restaurant?

The mask is compulsory in bars, cafes and restaurants when traveling. The mask can be removed in restaurants, when you are at the table, after presenting a valid health pass, according to the decree published on July 19, 2021. This measure is also applicable for professionals working in these places since they must have a health pass since August 30 to access them.

Is the mask compulsory in the cinema?

Indoors, according to the decree published on July 19, 2021, the mask is no longer compulsory in establishments whose access is restricted by the presentation of the health pass. It can normally be removed in cinemas but in fact, cinemas have retained the obligation to wear a mask in their rooms.

Is the mask compulsory in transport?

Wearing a mask has been compulsory in public transport and in stations since May 11, 2020. It is also compulsory in public transport waiting areas (platforms, bus shelters, etc.), even those installed outside. This obligation is valid for all users aged 6 and over, as well as for staff in stations and in transport (train, bus, trams, metro, RER, etc.), but also in the planes of certain companies such as Air France. Failure to wear it in transport or in stations entails a fine of 135 euros. Similarly, wearing a mask is compulsory in taxis and VTCs. Access to the vehicle may be refused to people who refuse to wear a mask.

Starting at what age ?

Wearing a mask is compulsory for 6 year olds and more in transport and places open to the public since January 3, 2022. A decree was published at Official newspaper 1er January 2022.

Is the mask compulsory at school?

Since December 9, 2021, wearing a mask has been compulsory at school throughout mainland France and overseas. Due to the resurgence of the epidemic, all schoolchildren from CP to CM2 must therefore wear their mask in class, inside and outside schools and especially in playgrounds. Nursery schools are not affected by the wearing of masks. It is also always mandatory in front of school entrances or university for all. According to health protocol established by the National Education for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, when required, the mask must provide filtration greater than 90% (“general public” mask formerly falling under category 1 Where surgical mask for example). “He is up to parents to provide masks for their children. The ministry provides each school, college and high school with “general public” masks so that they can be provided to students who do not have them. recalls the National Education on its site. For the students with pathologies making them vulnerable to the risk of developing a serious form of COVID-19 infection, the referring doctor determines the conditions for their continued presence in the school or educational establishment.

Is the mask compulsory at work?

Wearing a mask (in category 1 or surgical fabric) has been compulsory since September 1 2020 everywhere in business, whether public or private. They cover both the nose, mouth and chin. In the following situations, the distance between two people is increased to two meters when the mask cannot be worn.

For employees working alone in an office (or a room) nominative, they do not have to wear the mask when they are alone in their office.

In workshop, it is possible not to wear a mask for employees working in workshops as long as the functional ventilation / ventilation conditions comply with the regulations, the number of people present in the work area is limited, that these people respect the greatest possible distance between them, less than 2 meters, including when traveling, and wear a visor

Pfor outdoor workers, wearing a mask is necessary in the event of regrouping or inability to respect the distance of two meters between people

► In vehicles. When the transport of several employees in the same vehicle is necessary, the wearing of a mask and hand hygiene must be respected by everyone throughout the journey, an effective procedure for cleaning / regular disinfection of the vehicle and ventilation for a few minutes of the vehicle very regularly or even continuously must be put in place. People at risk of a severe form of Covid-19 wear surgical-type masks.

►. In places with the status of establishments open to the public subject to the health pass: Wearing a mask is compulsory for anyone, including employees, in establishments, places, services and events with a health pass, subject to the specific rules applicable to catering establishments (exemption from wearing a mask when catering at table). Wearing a mask also applies to professionals working in these places.

Mandatory mask wearing poster

Mandatory mask poster © Public health France

To know if you need a mask to enter a place, a logo (e.g. like the one on the right) or a poster are present at the entrance to the premises concerned. A sign “Here, wearing a mask is compulsory” is made available for a download on the website of the Government and the Ministry of Solidarity and Health. Each head of establishment must put it on the front of his establishment. The latter will aim to condition access to the establishment, only to people wearing a mask. This poster has not changed since 2020 and is still in effect in 2021.

What fine if you don’t wear the mask?

Not wearing a mask in a place where it is compulsory can be sanctioned with a 4th class fine which is defined by a fixed fine of 135 euros. But the amount of the fine varies from city to city.. Its amount is indicated when the prefectural decree is published.

When will the mandatory mask end?

The decree published in Official newspaper 1er January 2022 is currently in effect until January 23, 2022. But it is renewable if the government deems that the mask-wearing measures should be extended.


National protocol to ensure the health and safety of company employees in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic. Version applicable on September 1, 2021

Wearing a “general public” mask is compulsory in closed places – FAQ from the website of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health.