Covid-19 in France: Public may be asked to wear masks

France has suggested that people wear masks in public to fight Covid-19, but stopped short of making them compulsory

The French government has suggested that it could soon be recommended to wear a face mask in public as part of ongoing measures to fight Covid-19, after having repeatedly said it was “not necessary”.

On Saturday April 4, director general of health Jérôme Salomon hinted at the change during his daily press update, but stopped short of recommending masks.

He said: “Everyday we are learning more about this new virus. Maybe one day we will suggest that everyone wears [a mask] for protection. But we are not there yet. We are discussing all this with experts. We are adapting our position.”

This came after his statement the day before, on April 3. He said: “We encourage the wider public, if they wish, to wear masks.”

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