Covid-19 Mandatory Masks

Health
Swiss government says plastic face shields are inadequate protection
Swiss government says plastic face shields are inadequate protection
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The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health warns of the usage of plastic face shields – or visors – over face masks. A spokesperson said that "the visors do not serve as an alternative to hygiene masks. Visors can be worn with masks to further enhance your own protection." Health officials recommend wearing a visor in tandem with a face mask.

After an outbreak in a hotel in the canton of Graubünden, health officials found that all those who wore plastic face shields were infected with the novel Coronavirus while those who wore face masks were not.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Delta Airlines CEO states that over 100 passengers have been banned over mask requirement
Delta Airlines CEO states that over 100 passengers have been banned over mask requirement
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The CEO of Delta Airlines ED Bastian has stated in an interview with NBC News that as Covid-19 measures all planes are getting sanitized, booked to only 60 percent of their capacity and all passengers and employees are required to wear masks on the planes at all times.

He also stated that over 100 people have been banned from flying over refusing to wear a mask. People that claim to have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask are required to talk to a Doctor from the University of Pittsburg Medical Center in order to assess if the condition indeed prevents passengers from wearing a mask on the airplane.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Donald Trump changes standpoint regarding masks, recommends wearing them
Donald Trump changes standpoint regarding masks, recommends wearing them
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United States President Donald Trump has changed his standpoint regarding facial masks. In his first Covid-19 press briefing in months, he encouraged the public to wear masks in public spaces where social distancing is not possible to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

He also said that the pandemic "will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better".

Health
Austria reinstates mandatory masks in grocery stores, banks and post offices
Austria retailer Interspar
Austria retailer Interspar Credit: Herzi Pinki / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Starting Friday, masks and face coverings will be mandatory in Austrian supermarkets, banks and post offices amid rising Covid-19 cases. The mandate had been lifted in mid-June for most public indoor places except in public transport, medical facilities and small spaces such as hair salons.

The country has reported between 80-130 daily cases for the past week, its highest numbers since mid-April.

Regional News • Europe • France
People in France will be fined €135 if they fail to wear mask in public places indoors
People in France will be fined €135 if they fail to wear mask in public places indoors
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The French Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces will be compulsory from next week on, tying it to a fine of €135 if people fail to comply. This expansion of the mandatory mask requirements comes after an increase in Covid-19 cases has been noted and comes in addition to the existing requirement of wearing masks on public transportation.

Regional News • Africa
Zimbabwe: ~100,000 arrested since March for violating Coronavirus regulations
Zimbabwe Republic Police Headquarters
Zimbabwe Republic Police Headquarters Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Over 105,000 Zimbabweans have been arrested since March. Those arrested were violating regulations that are in place to curb the further spread of the Coronavirus, e.g. "unnecessary movement", breaking quarantine and not wearing masks. Around 1000 people were arrested over the past two days.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Colorado issues statewide mandatory mask order
Colorado issues statewide mandatory mask order
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Amid rising Covid-19 numbers in the state of Colorado, Governor Jared Polis has issued a statewide mask order. Everyone over the age of 10 will be required to wear face masks or facial coverings in all public indoor spaces. The order takes effect at midnight.

"Look, in Colorado, there's no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service. Very simple," so Polis during a news conference on Thursday.

Regional News • Americas • United States
U.S. reports over 70,000 new Covid-19 cases – new single-day record
U.S. reports over 70,000 new Covid-19 cases – new single-day record
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On Thursday, the United States reported over 70,000 Covid-19 cases, a new single-day record. The Washington Post lists more than 71,000 cases while the New York Times reports over 75,600 cases. Most U.S. states have issued a mask mandate and have rolled back several reopening measures.

Health
CVS, Target make face masks mandatory for customers
CVS, Target make face masks mandatory for customers
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Target and CVS announced on Thursday that they would require all customers to wear a mask or face covering when entering their stores, following other large retailers such as Walmart, Costco and Apple.

"With the recent spike in COVID-19 infections, we're joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country effective Monday, July 20," so CVS on Twitter.

Regional News • Europe • France
France: Mandatory masks in public indoor places
Women wearing face masks on public transport
Women wearing face masks on public transport Credit: unsplash.com/Marco Testi

Face masks will be mandatory in public indoor places starting next week. Until now, masks have been compulsory on public transport and in public spaces where an adequate distance couldn't be maintained.

Business • Consumer & Service
Walmart makes face masks mandatory for customers
Walmart makes face masks mandatory for customers
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Walmart announced on Wednesday that it would require all customers to wear a mask or face covering when entering its stores, following other large retailers such as Best Buy, Costco and Apple. Walmart's face covering policy will take effect on July 20 in around 5,000 – roughly 65% – of its stores.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Face Coverings Compulsory in England Starting 24 July
Woman wearing face mask inside a clothing store
Woman wearing face mask inside a clothing store Credit: unsplash.com/Arturo Rey

After PM Boris Johnson had urged the English population to wear face mask inside shops, face coverings will be compulsory in England from 24 July on, following Scotland and other European countries. Labour had previously demanded "urgent clarity" and called the ministers' response "slow and muddled", questioning the time until the regulation takes effect. 

Regional News • Americas • United States
Louisiana makes masks mandatory, closes bars
Louisiana makes masks mandatory, closes bars
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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has announced a mandatory mask requirement and the closure of bars with food-permits starting Monday. Gathering, both outdoor and indoor, will be limited to 50 people. The state reported over 2,000 cases Saturday, the third-highest number since March.

"If you don't like the mask mandate, then don't like it. But wear your mask anyway if you're going to be out in public," so Edwards in on Twitter.

Regional News • Europe
Prime Minister of Ireland introduces law to make face masks compulsory, introduces fines and prison time for non-compliance
Prime Minister of Ireland introduces law to make face masks compulsory, introduces fines and prison time for non-compliance
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The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland Micheál Martin has announced that from Monday on wearing face coverings on public transport will be compulsory and non-compliance will can be penalized with fines up to €2,500 and/or six months in prison.

Exempt from the rules will be children under the age of 13, as well as people that have trouble breathing or that can not remove the face covering without help.

He also stated that people outside of public transport are encouraged to wear face coverings during social gatherings where social distancing does not work.

Business • Economy
Starbucks makes face masks mandatory for customers
Starbucks makes face masks mandatory for customers
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Starbucks announced that customer would be required to wear face masks when entering its U.S. based coffee shops, starting July 15. In a statement issued Thursday, the coffeehouse chain said it would enhance cleaning measures and ad additional precautions, such as taking their employees temperatures.

Regional News • Europe • European Union
Catalonia to make face masks mandatory starting Thursday
Men wearing face masks in public
Men wearing face masks in public Credit: unsplash.com/Marco Testi

The Spanish region Catalonia will make it mandatory to wear face masks in all public spaces, even if people can maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres. The Catalan government’s spokesperson Meritxell Budó announced the final decision will be made during a Civil Protection Meeting on Wednesday but the order is set to take effect on Thursday.

Science • Medicine
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG): Private security forces will check if people wear masks
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG): Private security forces will check if people wear masks
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Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe will be one of the first transport operators to relieve the police and monitor compliance with the mask requirement. Two hundred security forces will also punish a refusal ith a € 50 contractual penalty. The decision is intended primarily to relieve the state police, which, in addition to the subways and buses, must also check compliance in other public places.

There will be no controls at Deutsche Bahn AG and thus within the area of responsibility of the Federal Police.

Regional News • Middle East
Iran mandates face masks in public amid surge in Covid-19 cases
Iran mandates face masks in public amid surge in Covid-19 cases
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has instituted mandatory wearing of face masks in public as the country experiences a rise in Covid-19 cases. The new measure took effect on Sunday. Employees are only allowed to work "if they wear masks and obey different health protocols" and people need to "observe protective and health protocols and wear masks" in order to get service from the state or any other organisation.

Lifestyle
Vietnamese Company Creates World’s First Biodegradable Coffee Face Mask
AirX Mask
AirX Mask

Called the AirX, the new face mask from the Vietnam via Canada-based company is touted as “the world’s first ever coffee mask” and is reusable, 100% vegan, biodegradable, and antimicrobial.

It has obtained AATCC 100 certification, “the textile industry’s standard for antimicrobial fabric performance in the United States.”

Per Yahoo Finance, the coffee component of the mask comes in two forms: the coffee yarn using “Powerknit technology” that comprised the mask itself as well as the biodegradable air filter insert, made with “silver nanotechnology and coffee” and meant to withstand 30 days’ use.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro sanctions law about mandatory mask usage in public. Shops, churches and schools are excluded.
Jair Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has sanctioned a law making mask usage mandatory in public spaces, but he has vetoed their use in schools, churches and shops. Bolsonaro also vetoed articles requiring the free distribution of masks to the population and a campaign to explain why masks should be used.

Marcelo Freixo, a representative from Rio de Janeiro, tweeted: "He cancelled the mandatory use of masks in schools, shops and temples. And it also removed the duty of the public power to provide it to the poorest. We will overturn this criminal decision in Congress!"