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Paris commuters will no longer need travel forms after June 22nd

Paris authorities have announced that they will be ending the requirement for rush-hour commuters to have travel certificates.

Paris commuters will no longer need travel forms after June 22nd
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For several months, every trip outside the home in France required an attestation (certificate) stating that your trip was essential.

These have been gradually phased out and now only one permission remains compulsory in France – anyone using Paris public transport services at rush hour needs a form signed by their employer stating that their journey is essential for work.

However as Paris moves to become a 'green zone' with lower virus levels, local authorities have announced that this form will no longer be needed from Monday, June 22nd.

Since France began to reopen, authorities in Paris have been particularly concerned about crowding on public transport systems making physical distancing impossible.

Across France the recommendation is still to work from home if possible, with Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Monday reiterating that this is the desired option.

 

In Paris authorities have created dozens of new bike lanes, hoping to tempt people into cycling to work and avoiding public transport. Some streets, including the Rue de Rivoli have become cycle-lane only.

Announcing the end of the employers' certificate, Île-de-France transport chief Valérie Pécresse added: “Wearing the mask will remain compulsory for several more weeks, probably until the holidays in mid-July, to protect everyone.”

For the rest of this week, the form remains compulsory if you are on any Paris public transport between 6.30am-9.30am and 4.30pm-7.30pm.

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French public urged to wear face masks again on public transport

With France in the middle of a new wave of Covid-19, the country's health minister has urged the public to once again wear face masks on public transport and in crowded spaces.

French public urged to wear face masks again on public transport

With cases on the rise again, French Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon said she is “[asking] the French to put masks back on in transport” in an interview with RTL on Monday, 

For the time being, however, she stressed it was just advice, rather than an obligation, and masks have in fact been recommended on public transport since the legal requirement to wear them was lifted in May. 

However with France reporting over 50,000 daily cases of Covid-19 the government is clearly concerned by the current wave of the pandemic.

Bourguignon said that “we must protect ourselves and protect others,” adding that wearing a mask is “a civic gesture.”

She urged people to don their masks as soon as they see a crowded train or station.

READ MORE: Return of the health pass? How France plans to tackle new wave of Covid cases

In addition to public transport, Bourguignon is also asking the French to once again mask-up in “all crowded, enclosed areas.”

Currently, masks are only required in hospitals, health centres and places that have vulnerable residents such as nursing homes. They are recommended in crowded spaces where it is impossible to practice social distancing.

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