the wearing of a mask is compulsory in all primary schools in France from Monday

All students from CP to CM2 will be affected by this measure, justified by the upsurge in the Covid-19 epidemic.

Wearing a mask will again be compulsory in elementary school from Monday throughout France, the Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday, November 9, after President Emmanuel Macron’s speech. “From next Monday, all departments move to level 2 of the health protocol”, with “Mask wearing again for all pupils” elementary school, the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP.

Since the start of the All Saints holidays this Monday, students from CP to CM2 have put back the mask in 39 metropolitan departments where they had removed it, as well as in Reunion, bringing to 61 departments in total the number of those where it is compulsory (57 metropolitan departments and four overseas). Announced last week by government spokesperson Gabriel Attal, the return of the mask with the return of the All Saints holidays concerned “The departments where the incidence rate has unfortunately stabilized above 50 per 100,000 inhabitants”.

The government announced in September the end of wearing masks for primary school students in the departments least affected by the epidemic. At the beginning of October, 47 departments had been able to remove it, followed by others in the following weeks. In total, the wearing of masks at school had been lifted before All Saints’ Day in 79 departments, before coming back in force with the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Faced with the epidemic rebound, Emmanuel Macron spoke to the French on Tuesday to talk about the health situation, in particular putting pressure on seniors to be injected with a booster dose, on pain of losing their health pass. “The fifth wave has started in Europe in the United Kingdom, in Germany, where more than 30,000 additional new cases are recorded every day”, noted the Head of State, who argued a “More favorable situation in France”, but a 40% increase in the incidence rate in one week.


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