Wearing a mask compulsory: bike, cigarette, food … What are the exceptions?

Wearing a mask compulsory: bike, cigarette, food … What are the exceptions?

Wearing a mask compulsory: bike, cigarette, food ... What are the exceptions?

Wearing a mask compulsory: bike, cigarette, food … What are the exceptions? From this Friday, August 28, 2020, wearing a mask is mandatory in public spaces in Paris (as is already the case in Marseille, for example). But there are of course exceptions like cyclists, joggers, people smoking a cigarette in the street, or drinking and eating. Find out the exceptions to this new rule.

Wearing a mandatory mask does not ultimately concern cyclists and joggers

As you know, wearing a mask will be compulsory at school at the start of the 2020 school year (except for students under 11), as in the majority of closed places (shops, etc.). The obligation to wear a mask outdoors has also been present in several cities in France since August 2020, under penalty of a fine of 135 euros. From now on, this measure extends to Paris. Prime Minister Jean Castex, following the Defense Council of this Tuesday, August 25, 2020, has in fact asked the prefect of police to “generalize the obligation to wear a mask to all public spaces in Paris and the small crown by the Prefect of Police and the Prefects of Seine-Saint-Denis, Hauts-de-Seine and Val-de-Marne “ .

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:

-Joggers

-The cyclists

-People in the car

-People who are smoking

-People who are eating or drinking

-Disabled people with a medical certificate

-Humeless people

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