Coronavirus: 10 weeks of mask stocks requested from companies

In anticipation of the second wave of coronavirus, companies are encouraged to provide a stock of 10 weeks of masks for their employees.

Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, announced during a hearing in the Senate, that companies will be encouraged to build up a stock of masks for 10 weeks by August 31. A decision taken in anticipation of a possible second wave of the coronavirus epidemic which could start at the start of the school year.

“As a reminder, we have French producers of surgical masks and textile masks for the general public with guaranteed filtration. We would rather rather favor the French sector in solidarity,” she said.

Mandatory stocks?

Guest on RTL, the Minister of Health Olivier Veran did not clearly say whether this measure would be mandatory or not. But he found this recommendation “fundamental to respect”.

The Ministry of Labor had made public May 25 the new “national deconfinement protocol in business” which relaxes the rules applicable in the workplace and facilitates the return to normalcy of the activity while respecting the health rules set by the High Council of Public Health ( HCSP) to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among teams.

This new company health protocol replaces the one that had been published on May 3, but also the 90 business guides that had been developed by the Ministry of Labor, health authorities, and professional branches.

New health protocol: what changes:

  • Respect for a distance of at least 1 meter between people is becoming the norm: the 4 m2 gauge is now a simple tool which remains offered for information only.
  • Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory, except in case of difficulty in respecting this distance of one meter between people. And when the employee is brought into contact within a meter of a group of people not wearing a mask.
  • Telework is no longer the norm but it remains “a preferred solution in the context of a gradual return to a more face-to-face activity, including alternating”.
  • People at risk of severe form of COVID-19 who do not benefit from an isolation certificate must be able to telework or benefit from adapted measures of reinforced protection.
  • A covid-19 referent must be designated. He must ensure “the implementation of the defined measures and the information of the employees” “.

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