COVID-19

In France, outdoor mask requirements are seen by some as good for business

John Laurenson Sep 18, 2020
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COVID-19

In France, outdoor mask requirements are seen by some as good for business

John Laurenson Sep 18, 2020
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In France, many cities and dozens of towns have made it compulsory to wear face masks not only in stores but outdoors – at least in busy areas, which some say is good for business.

One of the early communities to adopt the outdoor mask policy is the up-market seaside resort town of LeTouquet, on France’s North coast. In the main street, there are lots of designer stores. And this message can be heard in French and English over the loudspeakers: “Ladies and gentlemen, as part of the respect of current health instructions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we remind you that wearing a mask is now mandatory in the city center.”

Speaking in French, Le Touquet’s Deputy mayor Denis Caloin said the community is more attractive as a place to visit with compulsory masks, “because people feel safe.”

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