Masks to remain compulsory on public transport in France ‘at least until November’

Masks to remain compulsory on public transport in France 'at least until November'
Failing to wear a mask on public transport can earn you a €135 fine. Photo: AFP
Wearing a mask on public transport in France will remain compulsory at least until November or until a vaccine is available, says the country's transport minister.

Wearing a mask on all forms of public transport, including taxis, is compulsory in France and people who flout the rule risk a €135 fine.

And it seems that will stay the case for some time, according to transport minister Elizabeth Borne.

She told BFMTV: “Wearing a mask will remain compulsory for at least four months after the end of the State of Health Emergency”.

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The State of Emergency ends on July 10th – and the government has already said it will not seek to renew it – so that takes us until November.

And if you think wearing a mask is uncomfortable now, just imagine what it will be like on the Paris Metro in August.

The minister added: “We must not forget that the virus is circulating…If we do not want a second wave, we must continue to be attentive.

“As long as we have a risk, as long as we have a circulating virus and as long as we have no vaccine and no treatment…I think it is good to continue to wear the mask”.

France has been gradually lifting many of its health restrictions as the number of Covid-19 cases continue to fall.

However there are still some rules in place, including a ban on large gatherings, kissing and restrictions on international travel.

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