The French government had already announced the lifting of the mask rule in 47 départements, which came into force on October 4th, this was followed by another 21 départements from October 11th.
Now 12 new départements have been added to the list, and the new rule will take effect from Monday, October 18th – meaning that in total 79 of France’s 101 mainland and overseas départements will no longer have a classroom mask mandate for primary school children.
The département of Lozère will reintroduce the mask rule after a rise in the incidence rate.
The mask rule for children in primary schools can be lifted once départements have a stable incidence rate of less than 50 cases per 100,000 people, case rates in France have been falling steadily for several months now.
Map of incidence rates in France, with areas of a rate lower than 50 per 100,000 people shown in green. Map: Covidtracker
Here are the areas affected;
Can lift mask rule from October 18th
Lifted the rule on October 11th
Territoire de Belfort
and the overseas French territories of La Réunion and Mayotte
Lifted the rule on October 4th
Six weeks after the start of the new school year and case numbers continue to fall steadily in France, with no sign of a feared spike in cases once schools returned.