Men and women in France are going to be forced to use face-masks in closed public areas from Monday, a step to stem the coronavirus transmission from the nation.
It had been shown by the nation’s Health Directorate – Management générale de la Santé, also knows as DGS – to information agency AFP on Sunday.
Venues concerned include performance and meeting halls, cinemas, restaurants, resorts, game rooms, educational centers, vacation centers, libraries, places of worship, indoor sports venues, museums, airports, and stations.
“Shops, shopping centers, administrations, banks and coated markets” also have been added into the listing, the DGS stated, while sprays stay compulsory on public transportation also.
Failure to comply could lead to a 4th course fine of $135, the DGS explained.
President Emmanuel Macron declared on July 14 face-maks could become mandatory from August 1, but the date has been immediately brought forward amid worries expressed by scientists following”minor signs” of a resurgence from the virus.
“The health situation in France (excluding Mayotte and Guyana that are still undergoing the initial wave), following a few weeks of decrease and stabilization of this outbreak, shows indications of small corrosion, but unsure”, the DGS said, since it urged everybody to be cautious to prevent an”outbreak rally”.
The date has been brought forward because of concerns that the virus could spread in the atmosphere – a chance that the World Health Organisation didn’t rule out.