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End of mandatory mask wear on public transport from 16 May 2022

Publié le 16 mai 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

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Since Monday, May 16, 2022, the wearing of the mask is no longer mandatory on public transport (buses, subways, trains, planes, taxis). The wearing of the mask remains mandatory in health centres. A decree issued in Official Journal of 14 May 2022 removes the requirement to wear a mask in public transport.

The mandatory wearing of the mask on public transport (buses, subways, trains, taxis...) in France is lifted from Monday 16 May 2022.

However, the wearing of the mask remains mandatory in health and medical-social institutions (hospitals, pharmacies, health centres, medical biology laboratories, retirement homes, Ehpads...) for carers, patients and visitors.

On the same day, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced the lifting of the requirement to wear a mask at airports and on board aircraft in the European Union from Monday 16 May 2022.

The rules regarding the wearing of the mask may vary by airline after May 16. It is useful to enquire with the airline whether or not wearing the mask is required, especially on flights to or from a destination where wearing the mask is always mandatory in public transport.

However, wearing the mask is still recommended for Covid positive people during the 7 days following their isolation period, contact cases at risk, symptomatic people and vulnerable people. It is also recommended in large gatherings and in closed and poorly ventilated places, especially in the presence of fragile people.

  Reminder : On March 14, 2022, the mandatory mask was removed from enclosed spaces such as companies, schools, utilities or shops. It had been raised in places subject to the vaccination pass (cinemas, theatres, museums, stadiums...) on 28 February.

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