France will impose the wearing of masks in banks and stores from July 20


FILE PHOTO: Women, wearing face masks, walk past Le Printemps Haussmann department store decorated with a discount sign in Paris on the first day of summer sales after the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, on July 15. 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – France will impose the wearing of masks in closed public spaces, including banks, shops and internal markets from July 20, Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Saturday as part of the efforts to curb the resurgence of COVID-19 across the country.

The government has accelerated plans to make masks mandatory after a series of indicators suggested the virus could gain momentum, especially in areas of western and southern France which had been relatively spared at the height of the epidemic between March and May.

“Starting Monday, wearing a mask will be mandatory in enclosed spaces,” said Veran on Twitter. “This concerns shops, buildings open to the public, covered markets and banks.”

Reporting by John Irish; Edited by David Holmes

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