French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday that use of the mask in closed public places will be mandatory from August 1 to prevent a “second wave” of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I hope that in the coming weeks we will make it mandatory to use the mask in all closed public places,” he said in a traditional interview on July 14, according to the French press. When asked about the exact date, he stated that it will be from August 1st.
Macron said he asked to take this step given the slight increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. “We have signs that it is increasing somewhat. We have to be prepared,” he defended himself.
The French president has assured the country is ready for a “second wave” of infections and has confirmed that sufficient masks, respirators and medication are available.