Covid-19: the mask will no longer be compulsory in transport from this date

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Covid-19: the mask will no longer be compulsory in transport from this date

For more than two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed our pace of life and our habits. Fortunately, we have learned to live with it and get on with our lives. But for the millions of people forced to take public transport daily, wearing a mask had until then remained compulsory. Good news: this will soon no longer be the case!

Measures still in force, but significant relief

Appeared at the beginning of 2020, the Covid-19 virus is officially classified as a “pandemic” on March 11 the same year by the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, there has been a chain of confinements and other health measures more or less accepted by the populations. In France for example, the implementation of the vaccination pass was very badly received.

And if the Minister of Health Olivier Véran indicated that this would remain mandatory “at least until this summer” in the hospital environment, good news should allow the most annoyed to wait until then: in a few days, it will no longer be compulsory to wear a mask on public transport. The habits of the millions of workers borrowing them daily for sure will be somewhat upset, in the good sense of the term, from next Monday!

Breathe in transport

At the beginning of Wednesday, May 11 afternoon, was held a Council of Ministers, at the end of which Oliver Véran spoke very briefly. He went straight to the point, announcing from the outset “that from Monday May 16, wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory in public transport in our country”, indicating that this “is part of the overall strategy of gradually reducing the current braking measures”.

The Minister of Health nevertheless wishes to recall that “we are not yet out of the fifth wave” and “the pandemic is not over”. It is therefore for this reason that wearing a mask in transport is still recommended.

Whatever, the end of the obligation to wear a mask in public transport from Monday May 16 should allow its many users to breathe a little, “especially as temperatures are rising in our country”. The whole thing follows the recommendations of the ECDC, the European organization for the fight against communicable diseases.

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