During his press conference on Monday January 27, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced significant restrictions on the consumption of drinks and food in certain closed public places, in particular in “Public transport, including long distance”, in order to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. This measure, which will come into force on January 3, should ensure that travelers will wear a mask during their entire trip.
“On long-distance journeys, this measure will be applied with discernment, in particular for young children and to allow them to quench their thirst”, said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport Tuesday noon.
SNCF “cannot put an agent behind each passenger”
SNCF does not yet wish to disclose the measures that will be taken to comply with this rule. “It’s a little too early”, let the World the direction of the national company, which gives itself up to ” early January ” to put in place an arsenal of provisions. However, she lets it be known that she “Adapt”. TGV bars had already been closed from March 16 to July 4, 2020, then from November 2, 2020 to June 9.
Without waiting for the beginning of next year, the SNCF reminds that there is “A captain in each TGV”, but also says that she “Cannot put an agent behind every traveler” to check that he is wearing his mask at all times.
Domestic flights also concerned
For planes, the ban will apply to domestic flights, according to the transport ministry. Air France has for its part indicated “Wait at this stage for the publication of the ministerial decree and its directives in order to see what modifications to make to the organization of the service offered on board”. The company had already suspended food and beverage services on board for air links in mainland France and to Corsica at the start of the health crisis.
From Monday, and for three weeks, the consumption of drinks and food will also be prohibited « in all cinemas, theaters, sports facilities ”, Mr. Castex also announced on Monday. In addition, consumption while standing in cafes and bars will be prohibited.
“The economic sectors impacted by the decisions that the situation requires us to take will be compensated within the framework of consultations which will be conducted without delay by the Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire”, added the Prime Minister.