In a significant development, France’s Labour Ministry stated, the French government plans on making wearing a mask compulsory in the vast majority of workplaces from September 1, 2020, as one of the measures to mitigate the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new measure will be applicable to all shared spaces including factories and offices. It would however not be applicable where only one employee is present.
It also stated, working from home continues to remain its recommended option for employees.
The labor ministry said, it is open for talks with unions and employers on borderline cases, such as when there are only two people present in a large open space sitting well apart so as to comply to social distancing norms.
Details will be worked out for special work environments including frozen food warehouses, where masks are not practical since they would freeze.
Wearing a mask is mandatory nationwide on all public transportation and in the majority of public spaces including museums and shops, as well as in crowded outdoor areas in select cities.
The measure is part of the French government’s strategy to mitigate risks from COVID-19 since after September, citizens are likely to return back to work after a long summer holiday; children are also scheduled to be back in school.
“The best thing we can do to prepare for the return from vacations is to reassure employees that, together, we are taking the precautions to avoid spreading the virus,” said French Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne.