On April 11, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry published a joint statement announcing « the granting of authorizations to manufacturers and artisans working in textiles and garments, to the end of manufacturing protective masks for non-medical use […] in accordance with the specification requirements prepared for this purpose ». The very same day, these specification requirements were approved and the price of a mask set at 1.9 dinars plus VAT. The operation was carried out by officials from both ministries and accompanied by representatives of the Technical Center of Textiles in Tunisia (CETTEX), the Tunisian Federation of Textiles and Garments (Ftth) and several manufacturers in the sector.