Covid-19: exceptional measures introduced in Paris

List of postponed events, measures & recommendations

Tour Eiffel - Vue aérienne 2018, Paris

Due to current events, exceptional measures have been introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus over the following days.

  • As of Friday, 28 August 2020, and until further notice, wearing a face mask is compulsory in public areas and enclosed spaces, throughout the city of Paris and in the Inner Suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis, Hauts-de-Seine and Val-de-Marne, under penalty of a fine of 135 euros. The following persons are concerned: pedestrians and (kick) scooter users (or users of any other means of personal locomotion). Children under the age of 11 and persons exercising a physical activity such as running, or cycling are not required to wear a mask in the public area.
  • Discos and large performance venues remain closed for an indefinite period
  • Barsrestaurantscafes and terraces are open; but bars close at 10pm from September 28, 2020
  • The shops are open
  • The parks and gardens are open, until October 30
  • Maximum capacity of 1,000 people for major events
  • Groups of 10 people in public places (outdoors and indoors) are prohibited
  • Closure of sports halls and gymnasiums as of September 28, 2020
  • The swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) are open

Sections of the article :
> Reopening of cultural and leisure venues
> Transportation
> Government assistance for companies
> Caring Attitude : the charter of commitment of Parisian tourism
> Interactive map of Atout France
> Opening borders: the EU website in real time
> Postponed events

Reopening of cultural and leisure venues

All the information about the reopening of cultural and leisure venues here


•    The mask is compulsory for those over 11 years of age on all public transport, on pain of a fine of 135 euros. However, it is no longer necessary to have a certificate to take public transport at peak times.

•    To reduce proximity to others in transport, we encourage you to limit your trips to what is strictly necessary and to favour alternative transport solutions if possible. The RATP lists several options and partnerships for free-floating scooters, free-floating bikes, bike rentals, private taxi hire, bike repairers and free-floating motorized scooters.

More info here

From 11 May 2020, metro and RER traffic will resume gradually from 6am to 10pm (last departure from the terminuses between 9pm and 9.30pm) to provide as much space and the best protection possible for users. However, disruptions are to be expected.

Government assistance for companies

All the information related to the assistance for companies:

Caring Attitude : the charter of commitment of Parisian tourism

The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched "Caring Attitude", its commitment charter for Parisian tourism professionals. Objective: to commit to welcoming visitors around common values and in compliance with the health measures in force.

Discover more about our new customer path Caring Attitude

Interactive map of Atout France

The interactive map of Atout France to follow in real time the impact of Covid-19 and anticipate the reopening of markets.

Opening borders: the EU website in real time

The European Commission has launched its website :
Re-open EU.
The site, in the form of an interactive map, aims to help travellers plan their journeys. It provides real-time, country-by-country access to information on borders, available means of transport, travel restrictions, current national health measures and a variety of practical information for travellers.

Hygiene measures and recommended precautions

To avoid spreading the Covid-19 virus, it is recommended that a few basic, easy-to-apply protective measures be followed:

  • maintain a social distance (avoid greeting people with a kiss or shaking hands)
  • wash your hands frequently with soap or disinfect them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • cough or sneeze into a paper handkerchief and throw it away after use (then wash or disinfect your hands afterwards) or into the crook of your elbow if you don’t have a tissue.

People who have travelled in risk areas are asked to remain vigilant about any eventual symptoms. It is advisable to check your temperature 2 times a day. It is necessary to self-quarantine if you have been in contact with someone who is already infected by the virus.

If you have a fever or feel feverish, have a cough or breathing difficulties:

  • do not immediately go to the doctor’s or to the emergency department at the hospital; quickly contact the SAMU on 15 (French emergency medical services) indicating your recent journey or 112.
  • You can contact the information line of the ministry on 0800 130 000 (free call).

More information on the website of the Agence Nationale de Santé Publique, on the website of the Ministère de la Santé, of the government or WHO.

Postponed events

Tradeshows and congresses

Check our tradeshows and congresses agenda.