April 28, 2020 / 2:09 PM / 2 months ago

French PM: shopkeepers can insist customers wear masks

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe delivers a speech to present the government's plan to unwind the country's coronavirus lockdown at the National Assembly as a lockdown is imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France April 28, 2020. David Niviere/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - Non-essential French retailers can re-open their doors from May 11, but they will have the right to insist that shoppers wear masks on the premises, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Tuesday.

Speaking during a parliamentary debate, he said where possible people should continue working from home beyond May 11, the date set for a progressive easing of lockdown measures.

He said that services on the Paris metro would be increased to allow people to commute to work while observing social distancing, and that restrictions would stay in place for long-distance train travel.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Benoit Van Overstraten; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alex Richardson

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