No, the prices of masks will not increase from this Saturday, may 23rd, date of the end of the first decree adopted on 2 may about the cap price of sale of gels hydro-alcoholic and surgical masks single-use. A new decree, published Friday, provides for the limit on these prices until the end of the scheduled state emergency health, 10 July. The price of the surgical masks, non-reusable remains unchanged at 95 cents per unit for those sold at retail, and 80 cents if they were sold in bulk, regardless of their provenance, and the sales channel.
This rule does not apply to masks for the "general public" in the fabric. Moreover, another decree, which entered into force at the beginning of march, was part of the price of the gels hydro-alcoholic for the hygiene of the body and should apply until 31 may. The new decree issued Friday extends this framework until the end of the state of emergency, with caps adjusted, limiting to 2.64 euros the price of a bottle of 100 ml (against a maximum of 3 euros previously). The 50 ml bottles are capped to 1.76 euro and those of 300 ml to 4.40 euros.
Further checks to verify the quality of the masks
" In parallel, the DGCCRF (Directorate general for the repression of fraud) is continuing its controls to verify the quality of the masks and keep records of price ", tweeted Friday that the secretary of State for the Economy Agnès Pannier-Runacher. The national Assembly had voted by mid-April, a decrease of VAT from 20% to 5.5 %, on the masks and the hydroalcoholic gel, in order to make them more accessible during the crisis of the sars coronavirus.