France Plans Masks at Work Due to Rebound in COVID-19 Cases

France is proposing masks be worn in shared work spaces as it grapples with a rebound in COVID-19 cases.

The health ministry reported 3,310 new infections, marking a post-lockdown high for the fourth day in a row. The number of clusters being investigated increased by 17 to 252.

The resurgence prompted Britain to impose a 14-day quarantine for arrivals from France, and led the authorities in Paris to expand zones where wearing a mask is mandatory outdoors.

Employment Minister Elisabeth Borne said she would propose masks be compulsory in collective work spaces at talks with employer and union representatives.

Borne said, “A theme that appears in all scientific opinions is the value of wearing (masks) when there are several people in a confined space.”

Doctors have called for masks to be required in the workplace while government advisors recommended masks to be compulsory in all common indoor spaces.

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