Now we know the new logo that will have to be displayed on cloth facemasks allowed to be sold. Even though for now they are labeled “category 1 masks”, the name will change for cloth face-covers produced from March 1, 2021. Starting from this date, cloth facemasks allowed to be sold will have to display a >90% filtration logo.
For the record, a decree ordered this past January 27 recommends the general public to wear category 1 facemasks. Guaranteed at least 90% filtration, they are considered more effective against the threat from variants.
Surgical facemasks are part of these category 1 masks, as well as some industrial cloth face-covers. Starting March 1, sole cloth facemasks enabling filtration over 90% will be allowed to be sold. These masks will be recognizable with their “filtration supérieure à 90%” logo printed on the product. Furthermore, these cloth facemasks will also have to tell how many washes they can live to, within a limit of 50-washes.
Yet please note the sale of cloth facemasks with the former logo will be allowed until December 31, 2021.
And to find your bearings better, do not hesitate to check the Union des Industries Textiles (UIT) website providing you with a (non-exhaustive) list of French manufacturers making masks in compliance with regulations.