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France makes masks compulsory at work

PARIS — Masks will be compulsory in the workplace in France with the exception of individual offices where they may be removed, Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne announced Tuesday after a meeting with unions and employers representatives.

Citing COVID-19 outbreaks occurring at work over the last few weeks, Elisabeth Borne told AFP that “it [was] necessary to systematize, as recommended by the High Council of Public Health (HCSP), the wearing of masks in all work spaces that are closed and shared.”

Only targeted exemptions may be granted.

The minister also recommended remote work when possible. Consultations are continuing with unions and business groups to adapt health and safety protocols in case of another coronavirus spike. Mask-wearing and other potential measures should be enforced within the next two weeks.

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