The French government has finally announced that the mandatory use of the protective mask in closed spaces will take effect next Monday, July 20.
People have to wear the masks in banks, shops and closed markets, as French Health Minister Olivier Véran reported on his Twitter account on Saturday.
“As of Monday, the use of the mask in closed rooms in the presence of the public is mandatory,” said Véran in his message.
The French government has accelerated plans to implement mandatory use of masks following a certain increase in their voluntary use, particularly in areas in western and southern France that have been little affected after the outbreak.
The Department of Health has indicated that as of Friday, 30,152 people in the country had died from the virus, with a total of around 174,000 cases while 6,688 people remained in hospital, 108 fewer than the previous day. This means that 477 people are in intensive care, four fewer than on Thursday.