Public transit & rail health protocol

Urban and regional transport is almost normal in France. The public authorities’ strategy, in line with the transport authorities and the transport companies themselves, is both to limit the demand for transport and to increase the supply in order to encourage physical distancing, while respecting barrier gestures for both personnel and passengers.

This includes:

• Working from home to continue as long as possible.

• For people who absolutely have to use public transport for work, their employers have been asked to stagger as much as possible the arrival and departure times from their workplace, to avoid rush hours on public transportation.

• Passengers’ access to certain stations or stops can be filtered in order to regulate flows and some stations may even be closed in case of overcrowding.

• The wearing of masks is mandatory for users aged 11 and over in public transportation, inter-regional transport (trains), taxis, chauffer driven cars and car-pooling vehicles (in the absence of physical protection separating the driver from the passenger) and aircraft. It is also mandatory in stations, metro stations, bus, coach or tram stops. Failure to adhere to this rule carries a 135€ fine.

• In public transport, every second seat is blocked off and ground markings help users know where to stand to distance themselves from other passengers.

• Every vehicle is regularly disinfected (at least once a day).

• Hand sanitizer gel is available in stations and trains.

• An automatic door opening system is implemented in all buses, as it is already the case in the Metro and Trams.

• Passengers are encouraged to buy and top up their transport tickets remotely using the RATP (Paris & Paris Region transit) app.

• Announcements are broadcast in stations, train stations and trains to remind people of barrier gestures.