Masks have been mandatory in indoor public spaces since July. The government has announced that people who do not obey this rule can now be fined by police.
Fines from $1,000 to $6,000
The police can now ticket people who do not wear a mask or who do not wear a mask properly (covering both mouth and nose). Visors are not considered masks.
If you are caught without a mask or wearing a mask improperly, you can receive a fine ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.
Until now, businesses were responsible for enforcing mask use by people in their establishments.
What is a public indoor space?
Masks are only mandatory in indoor or partially covered public spaces. This means you must wear a properly fitted mask (covering mouth and nose) to access:
- Shops and shopping centers (grocery stores, depanneurs, bakeries, malls)
- Restaurants and bars
- Offices of professionals (doctors, lawyers)
- Municipal and government service points
- Personal care services (hairdressers, estheticians)
- Places of worship
- Entertainment venues (cinemas, concert halls, museums)
- Event venues like conference centers
- Sporting and recreation venues
- Common areas of tourist accommodations, including the elevator
- Schools starting from 5th grade
- Train and bus stations, docks, metro stations, airports