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Following advice from medical experts…

The French government has brought forward the obligatory wearing of masks in some indoor, enclosed public places such as shops. On Friday, France’s Health Minister Olivier Véran wrote on Twitter: “Wearing a mask will be obligatory in enclosed spaces, as announced by [Prime Minister] Jean Castex. This includes shops, establishments open to the public, covered markets, banks…”

He also said that “barrier gestures and testing remain essential to fight effectively against this virus”. The wearing of a protective face mask will become mandatory by law in France from July 20.

Here is a list of places where a mask is obligatory for anyone over 11 years of age:

–  All places used for conferences, meetings, performance or multipurpose rooms, including theatres and cinemas
– restaurants and pubs
– hotels and boarding houses
– gambling halls
– establishments for early learning, education, training, holiday centres, leisure centres without accommodation
– libraries, documentation centres
– places of worship
– indoor sports facilities
– museums
– open-air establishments
– marquees, tents and structures
– high-altitude hotel-restaurants
– floating establishments
– mountain huts
– bus and ferry stations and airports
– shops and shopping centres
– banks
– covered markets

Failure to wear a mask will result in a €135 fine.