This Thursday, August 27, 2020, the police headquarters announced in its press release: “From Friday August 28, at 8 am, wearing a mask will be compulsory for all pedestrians circulating in public spaces, bicycle users, two-wheelers, scooters and other personal mobility devices, motorized or not “ , specifying that ” users traveling inside the motor vehicle (private cars, vans or heavy goods vehicles of professionals) will be exempt from this obligation “ . But ultimately, wearing a mask will not be mandatory for people on bicycles or who jog.
This Friday, August 28, 2020, the Paris police prefecture published an update: “As regards people exercising a physical activity for running or cycling, wearing a mask will not be required” . Clearly, cyclists and joggers will not be required to wear a mask, just like people driving a car, van or truck. On the other hand, people traveling by scooters and motorcycles must wear a mask. For scooters, it is not specified.
What if someone is drinking, eating or smoking in public space without a mask? Here again, they finally have the right not to wear a mask at that time, contrary to what had been communicated at the time of the announcements. The Paris police headquarters confirmed in 20 minutes that “when someone is drinking, eating or smoking, we are not going to verbalize” , it is a question of “discernment” . Grégory Joron, from the SGP Police Unit union, added to the newspaper: “Discernment is part of the job of the police. It is not something written, it is a question of interpreting the rules. If we cannot plus take off your mask to eat ice cream, then you have to go and close the ice cream parlors ” .
“We do not wear a mask when eating or smoking. Unless smoking and eating outside are prohibited, these activities are, by nature, not compatible with wearing a mask” also indicated the prefecture of Vaucluse at Dauphiné Libéré. She also clarified that disabled people with a medical certificate may not wear a mask, just like homeless people. Details confirmed by Emmanuel Grégoire, First Deputy at the City of Paris, at the microphone of BFM TV:
List of exceptions for wearing the compulsory mask:
-People in the car
-People who are smoking
-People who are eating or drinking
-Disabled people with a medical certificate