Face masks are now compulsory on the Paris metro system and commuters will need certificates from their employers to explain why they are traveling during rush hour.
If commuters do not follow these guidelines, they risk being fined 135 euros ($145), a spokesperson for RATP, Paris’s state-owned public transport operator, told CNN Monday.
The measures will be enforced by RATP security officers and police officers will also be present to enforce the rules.
It comes after French Ecology Minister Elisabeth Borne said during a news conference last Thursday that masks on public transport will be made mandatory for anyone above 11 years old.
Face masks in France are divided into three categories:
- FFP2-type filtering masks
- Surgical masks
- Masks for general use that can be homemade, following specific rules
All of those are acceptable to be used on the Paris metro.