Covid-19: Mandatory wearing of masks on public transport will end on Monday, May 16

From Monday, May 16, the mask will no longer be mandatory on public transport throughout France. Credit: Pixabay – TheOtherKev.

On Wednesday, May 11, the Minister of Health Olivier Veran announced the end of the obligation to wear a mask on public transport. The measure, introduced to contain the global Covid-19 pandemic, will take effect across France on Monday 16 May. The transport in question covers both the metro and buses, trains, planes and taxis.

The epidemic situation is improving, the pandemic is not over, but the number of new daily diagnoses is declining and we believe that it is no longer appropriate to maintain this obligation to wear a mask on public transport from Monday, May 16th.“, Olivier Veran said exactly when he left the Council of Ministers. By March 14, 2022, the mask had already fallen on most of the enclosed spaces.

Pollution and hospitalizations are declining rapidly

The epidemic is not over, scientists warn. In addition, the mask remains in spite of everythingrecommendedtransport by the government. It is still mandatory in health facilities. But pollution and hospitalizations are currently declining rapidly. On Tuesday, May 10, 56,449 new cases were diagnosed. 146,979 people have died in France since the Covid-19 epidemic began.

Health pass in hospitals and isolation maintained

This event was one of the last ramparts in the country against the pandemic. However, some restrictions will be maintained, such as the health card (or vaccination card), which will always be required to access health facilities such as hospitals, laboratories, medical offices, nursing homes, etc. Isolation for at least one week is still relevant even if your last Covid test is positive. Unvaccinated carers who are currently on leave will not be reinstated immediately. The government plans to investigate the matter in the near future.

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