Court lifts outdoor mask requirement — Action News Now

Regional masking requirements violate personal liberty, a French court says

An outdoor mask rule in France’s Paris region has been rejected by a judge who said it was a serious violation of citizens’ liberties two weeks after it was re-imposed.

The Paris administrative court ruled against the mask policy on Thursday, refusing to authorize the “A disproportionate, disproportionate and inappropriate violation of personal liberty.” The ruling applies not only to the city of Paris and its 2.1 million residents, but also to seven other sectors of the wider Paris region, or about 12 million people in total.

The outdoor mask rule was lifted less than a month after officials reinstated it in late December, citing the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, which has led to a surge in Covid-19 cases in Paris in recent days. While the whole of France has experienced a similar surge, the number of infections in Paris has risen to about 3,899 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, according to Reuters. 3,002 per 100,000 for the whole country.

Although local officials have yet to respond to the ruling, Florian Philippot – the president of the right-wing Patriotic Party, an outspoken critic of the government’s pandemic policies – cheered the decision. tweet late Thursday, said “free life” and “Live happily!”

Paris is not the only region to step up its Covid measures in the face of Omicron, France as a whole recently imposed an indoor face covering requirement for children aged 6 and over, ending a previous exemption for younger groups.

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