France: Paris metro hands out masks and hand sanitiser as restrictions ease

Commuters were being offered free masks and hand sanitiser in the larger Paris metro stations on Monday, as France begins the phase 1 of the lockdown exit and Parisians slowly start going back to work. Autonomous Parisian Transportation Administration (RATP) staff can be seen at Chatelet les Halles station carrying hand sanitiser gel dispensers and distributing masks and leaflets. Inside the... Еще trains, stickers were put on the floors and benches to advise on social distancing measures, as about 75% of Paris public transport network is now back on running. Masks are compulsory on trains, buses and also taxis in France as of May 11. CCTV is being used to ensure compliance and there’s a €135 ($146.28) fine for those who foul the rules. At peak hour, only travellers with a certificate stating that their journey is essential are allowed to use the public transport. After eight weeks in lockdown and more than 26,000 deaths related to the virus, France starts gradually easing the restrictions with phase 1 set to last until June 2.

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