In France, a mask regime for children from the age of six is in effect

Mask wearing in public places will be made compulsory for children from the age of six in France from January 3. This is reported in a decree published on Friday, December 31, in the official gazette of the Republic, Journal officiel.

It is noted that the wearing of a mask is compulsory in transport, public institutions, sports complexes and religious institutions. In a number of cities, including Paris, the mask regime is also in force in the streets.

Until now, the measure affected children over the age of 11.

The new requirement was adopted a few days before the end of the school Christmas vacations due to the increase in the incidence of coronavirus infection in the country.

On January 1, a rally was held in Paris against the policy of French President Emmanuel Macron and the vaccine pass introduced. According to journalists’ estimates, several thousand people took to the streets of the French capital.

For several days in a row France has been renewing its anti-record for the number of new cases of COVID-19. On December 31, 232,000 new cases were reported in a 24-hour period in the country.

On the same day, addressing with New Year greetings to compatriots, Macron expressed his hope for the end of the pandemic coronavirus in 2022.

According to the French leader, the country is in its fifth wave of infection and citizens still face difficult days, so the president urged those who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated.

On December 22, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal stated that the situation with COVID-19 in the country is critical. According to him, the republic is at the beginning of a wave of spread of a new strain of the Omicron coronavirus.