France will make the wearing of face masks compulsory in indoor public spaces from next week, the government said Thursday, as officials noted signs of an uptick in the coronavirus outbreak.
Amid rising number of coronavirus cases and lack of a possible COVID vaccine, France has decided to increase the precautions against the deadly virus.
France, on Thursday, announced that soon wearing a face mask will be compulsory in enclosed public spaces (indoors spaces) too, in addition to the existing rule of wearing masks in outdoor public spaces.
Already compulsory gear on collective transport, masks will even develop into obligatory in outlets and different indoor locations frequented by the general public, Prime Minister Jean Castex stated within the Senate.
“The carrying of a mask, together with barrier measures (comparable to social distancing and common handwashing) is an efficient methodology of prevention and safety,” he stated.
Authorities also ordered people to start wearing face masks in parts of the northwestern French region of Mayenne on Thursday after a rise of coronavirus infections there.
The Mayenne prefecture said masks would be compulsory in its main city Laval as well as five other municipalities – Bonchamp-lès-Laval, Changé, L’Huisserie, Louverné and Saint-Berthevin.
“In Mayenne, the situation is problematic today”, French Health Minister Olivier Véran told France Inter radio.
Up to now, France has required people to wear face coverings on public transport and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible but has not mandated the wearing of masks in shops.
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