Paris' strict outdoor mask mandate has been suspended after a French court found its conditions were “neither necessary, nor strictly proportionate to the protection of public health.”
The mandate came into effect in the French capital on Dec. 31 after the city's police prefecture decided it was needed due to record incidence rates of Covid-19.
Under this mandate, people in Paris had to wear a mask in all outdoor public spaces at all times of the day.
Spain, Italy and Greece also imposed an outdoor mask mandate in late December amid fears of the spread of the Omicron variant.
A ruling from the Paris administrative tribunal Friday, said however that the mask decree was "marred" by serious doubts regarding its legality.
“The wearing of a mask in the entire Parisian public area, at any time of the day or night, is neither necessary, nor strictly proportionate to the protection of public health," the court said.
The city's police prefecture failed to "report any local health circumstances specific to the city of Paris to justify the necessity and the strict proportionality of the contested decree,” the ruling added.
The Paris police prefecture has yet to issue a statement on the ruling. CNN has reached out to the prefecture for comment.