Macron backs making face masks mandatory indoors in France

Macron backs making face masks mandatory indoors in France
Macron made the comments in a televised interview on Bastille Day. Photo: Stefano Rellandini/AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron said a rule on face masks in public indoor spaces could come into force in weeks, as infections picked up in France.

“I would like to make masks mandatory in all enclosed public spaces,” Macron said in a televised interview, saying such a measure could come into force from August 1st.

Responding to concerns that infections are again on the up in France he added: “We have indications that (the outbreak) is accelerating a bit.”

He said in particular that the virus reproduction rate, the “R” ratio, had risen above one in France, meaning that a single person infected with Covid-19 is likely spreading the disease to others.

Masks are already required on public transport across France, “but it's a little spotty in enclosed public spaces”, Macron acknowledged.

Prominent doctors urged the government this week to require masks in order to prevent a second wave of.

The mayor of Saint-Ouen, a suburb just north of Paris, on Monday made masks mandatory after several coronavirus cases were discovered at a school.

Asked if France had enough face masks in case of a new spike in cases, Macron said: “We will be ready.”

“We have secured both the stocks and the supply sources, and we are organised on the ground, to allow us to deal with an upsurge, if it comes,” he said in a rare televised interview to mark the Bastille Day national holiday.

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