Coronavirus: facemask-wearing mandatory for children from 6 years old in France

Published by Caroline J. · Published on 29 October 2020 at 10h00 · Updated on 2 November 2020 at 18h23
During an address on October 29 in the morning at the National Assembly, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that “face-mask wearing will be extended to children from elementary school, starting from 6 years old”, starting Monday November 2, 2020. We tell you more on the matter.

Despite the general re-containment, daycares, schools, junior highs and high schools remain open. This is what announced French President Macron on October 28 during his latest televised address.

The head of state said a reinforced health protocol will be set up. As new measures are to be detailed within the day during a new press brief, Prime Minister Jean Castex addressed the matter on Thursday October 29, 2020 at the National Assembly. The chief of the executive explained face-mask wearing is now mandatory for “children starting from 6 years old in elementary school”.

Starting Monday, the health protocol will be adapted and reinforced to keep everyone save: children, teachers, pupils’ parents. In accordance with the decree handed over yesterday by the High Council for Public Health, facemask-wearing will be extended to children from elementary school from 6 years oldCastex announced.

For the record, the matter on having children from 6 years old wear a facemask sparked a lot of debates. Lately, epidemiologist Dominique Costagliola explained it would have been necessary – when the first lockdown was lifted – to make facemask-wearing mandatory from elementary school. This is what she said in an interview published on October 24 in the Journal du Dimanche.

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