Minister tells French public: don’t wait to put on masks

French Health Minister Olivier Veran on Thursday encouraged people to start wearing masks in enclosed public spaces immediately, instead of waiting for a government order that takes effect next week.

“I invite the French people to start wearing the masks now,” Veran told parliament. “We don’t need to wait for a decree.”

French officials have accelerated plans to make face coverings compulsory in shops and other enclosed public spaces in response to signs that the COVID-19 outbreak is flaring up again in some places.

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