The companies will have to provide ten weeks of inventory of masks for their employees.
This time, the government wants to be ready. The State will ask companies to provide ten weeks ' stock of face masks to their employees, to guard against the risk of a second wave of the epidemic Covid-19, said Wednesday the secretary of State for the Economy Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
"We are preparing to return to work and there is a risk of re-circulation of the virus (...), and we will ask businesses to provide 10 weeks of stocks of masks, with a small reminder of the fact that we now have French producers," said Agnès Pannier-Runacher during a hearing by the delegation to the enterprises of the Senate.
she explained that She had signed a "note" in this sense, which must also be signed soon by the minister of Labour, Muriel Pénicaud, and the minister of Health Olivier Véran.Your support is essential. Subscribe for $ 1 support Us
"This production has saved thousands of jobs"
The secretary of State responded to a question from the chair of the delegation to the companies, the senator Élisabeth Lamure (LR), who was concerned about the fate of French companies have converted their production to provide masks at the height of the crisis and who were now struggling to sell their stocks.
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On this point, Agnès Pannier-Runacher pointed out that "if this production had not put in place, many companies would have filed for bankruptcy", because"they had no more orders". "This production has saved thousands of jobs and hundreds of businesses", she judged.
in particular, It has set before it, without naming it, a company with a stock of 20 million masks, single-use made "without a contract". "We are working to help, but I would say (...) that it is still of use to manufacture by having the controls", she criticized.
"Responsibility" to local communities
"It is important to make the difference" between companies that have stocks of masks to sell before returning to their traditional activity and those "who have continued (to generate masks) saying that eyes wide it was going to happen something," said Agnès Pannier-Runacher.
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But the secretary of State has also called for the "responsibility" to local communities, "which some have cancelled orders", with the producers of masks in difficulty.