Adults in all French schools required to wear masks

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French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has announced that every adult in all types of French schools, which are due to reopen at the beginning of September, must wear a face mask to limit transmission of the coronavirus, overturning an earlier decision to exempt teachers at primary schools from the requirement.

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All adults working at schools must wear face masks to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said in a press conference on Wednesday, effectively backtracking on exceptions for primary school teachers previously announced by the government, reports Radio France Internationale.

"In July, we envisaged some exceptions, but we don't want to have those exceptions. All adults will wear a mask as well as children from grade 6," Blanquer told journalists.

The measures against Covid-19, announced by the authorities in July before the infection rate picked up, “are clear and simple", said Blanquer.

Relaxed to enable the reopening of French schools from next Tuesday, this measure was altered last week to make facemasks obligatory for all children at secondary school. The protocole is now available online.

Read more of this report from RFI.

 

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