More than half a million French people will find their vaccination health card no longer working from Saturday, after the government introduced new rules making it compulsory for adults to have a third booster for the card to be valid.
Masks are no longer required outdoors in Paris, however, after a court ruled that this requirement constitutes an attack on individual freedom.
“I think it’s good news,” says Parisian marketing professional Julie Petrucci. “I thought it was a little absurd that we were walking down the street with the mask on, so that’s great. Finally, we can breathe! In fact, we’ve never worn it so much, and I don’t don’t know how long the rule was in effect, but it’s great.”
Non-essential shops will finally be able to reopen in the Netherlands after the government decided to ease some of the strictest lockdown measures in Europe, but Prime Minister Mark Rutte resisted pressure to reopen bars, restaurants and cultural places.
Meanwhile, in Spain vulnerable people are being offered the fourth dose of vaccination against COVID-19. It will be administered five months after the third shot and a third shot will be available to ALL over 18s.