French PM Castex details new Covid-19 nationwide lockdown rules

French schools will require all students aged six and over to wear face masks in class, Prime Minister Jean Castex…

French schools will require all students aged six and over to wear face masks in class, Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday ahead of a new Covid-19 lockdown starting at midnight.

Until now masks were mandatory only for students 11 and older, but Castex told lawmakers in parliament that new efforts were needed “to protect all our children, teachers and parents.”

France goes into a second nationwide lockdown this year starting midnight Thursday, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases that has threatened to overwhelm French hospitals.