CORONAVIRUS – A first in France. The Versailles administrative court suspended, this Wednesday, January 12, the prefectural decree making it compulsory to wear a mask outdoors in the Yvelines department, according to a press release.
The decision of the Yvelines Administrative Court follows an opinion issued by the Council of State on Tuesday. Seized by an individual, the body, which validated the wearing of the mask on the outside, however, ruled that it could only be imposed on the outside under certain conditions. The Council of State also stated that the prefects could delimit large areas to make the rule understandable.
A new decree soon to be drafted
The summary judge of the Versailles court, who had been seized by individuals, considered that this “obligation could only be imposed on condition that the local epidemiological situation justifies it and that the wearing of the mask is limited to places and places. heavy traffic hours ”. He thus considered that the measure was “an excessive, disproportionate and inappropriate […] to individual freedom ”, we read in the press release.
If the risk of contamination is “lower in the open air”, the magistrate nevertheless agreed that it was not “excluded […] when there is a high concentration of people ”and that the prefect could“ delimit areas where the mask must be worn outdoors ”in the event of high density.
Contacted by AFP, the prefecture of Yvelines said “take note of the decision of the administrative court of Versailles” and “study it to adapt the obligation to wear a mask outdoors”, particularly in terms of areas and schedule. A new decree should therefore be drafted soon.
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