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UK, France move to extend rules on face coverings in public

White House rejects national face-covering mandate, leaves decision to states
Posted at 6:09 AM, Jul 14, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Britain and France have moved to make face coverings compulsory in more places as they both try to get their economies going while at the same time seeking to prevent further outbreaks of the coronavirus pandemic. Following days of procrastination and mixed messages, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the wearing of face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from July 24. And amid signs of a slight virus resurgence in France, President Emmanuel Macron said he wants to require masks inside all indoor public spaces by Aug. 1. Britain and France previously have taken a more relaxed attitude to face coverings than others in Europe.