Everyone now urged to wear a facemask

‘General public’ masks should be widely available from May 11 and, as lockdown ends, are recommended as part of measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.

They will be sold in pharmacies and shops and online by La Poste (for firms). Mairies will oversee some free distribution, with the state paying half the costs.

Masks will be obligatory on public transport including in taxis that do not have a plexiglass barrier. Shops will be able to require customers to wear masks to enter, if they wish.

It is a change from earlier official advice in France which said masks ...

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