France lowers the age for wearing masks to six – POLITICO

Children as young as six in France will be required to wear masks outdoors and in most public spaces from Monday, according to details released by the French government on Saturday.

The new precaution comes after the country recorded more than 230,000 new cases of COVID-19 as of December 31, the most recent data available, and as France attempts to slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

The move sees Paris reducing the age at which people will be required to wear masks in public places from 11 to six. There are exceptions, including when people exercise outdoors.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex last week described a host of other restrictions, including being required to work from home at least three days a week, starting in January. Companies can face fines of up to € 50,000 for breaking these new rules. Outdoor gatherings will also be limited to 5,000 people, although the French government has yet to decide whether campaign events before the next presidential election in April will face similar restrictions.

To crack down on Omicron, Paris is also stepping up its vaccination efforts and announced that citizens are now eligible for their booster three months after their last injection.

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