The France Government on Thursday said it will make it compulsory to wear a face mask indoors in public places from next week, as the country reported an uptick in new coronavirus cases.
Prime Minister Jean Castex stated in the Senate that the masks, obligatory on collective transport until now, will become compulsory in all indoor places frequented by the public.
Authorities also ordered people to start wearing face masks in parts of the northwestern French region of Mayenne on Thursday after a rise of coronavirus infections there.
The Mayenne prefecture said masks would be compulsory in its main city Laval as well as five other municipalities – Bonchamp-lès-Laval, Changé, L’Huisserie, Louverné and Saint-Berthevin.
France Health Minister, Olivier Veran told France radio that “In Mayenne, the situation is problematic today”.
Up to now, France has required people to wear face coverings on public transport and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible but has not mandated the wearing of masks in shops.