The French government announced the lifting of the mask rule in 47 départements from October 4th, followed by another 21 départements from October 11th and 12 more from Monday, October 18th.
In total 79 of France’s 101 mainland and overseas départements will no longer have a classroom mask mandate for primary school children – but the département of Lozère has reintroduce the mask rule after a rise in the incidence rate.
The mask rule for children in primary schools can be lifted once départements have a stable incidence rate of less than 50 cases per 100,000 people.
Map of incidence rates in France, with areas of a rate lower than 50 per 100,000 people shown in green. Map: Covidtracker
Here are the areas affected;
Lifted mask rule from October 18th
Lifted the rule on October 11th
Territoire de Belfort
and the overseas French territories of La Réunion and Mayotte
Lifted the rule on October 4th
The French government is also discussing the idea of scrapping the health passport in areas that have low incidence rates, or by sector, although this has so far not been confirmed.