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France to lift COVID-19 restrictions in February – POLITICO

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PARIS – French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday that the government would lift most of its COVID-19 restrictions in February, although the need for a vaccine pass and the wearing of a mask indoors will remain.

The vaccination pass will come into effect on Monday, Castex said at a press conference. People will no longer be allowed to show a negative test to enter restaurants, bars, theatres, museums and stadiums or travel by train – only proof of vaccination will be accepted.

From February 2, stadiums, arenas and other high-capacity venues will once again be able to operate at full capacity. Work-from-home requirements will be lifted, though still encouraged, and masks will no longer be required outdoors, as is currently the case in many cities.

On February 16, people will be allowed to eat and drink in stadiums, cinemas and on transport, as well as drink standing up in bars. Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen, although the government was unable to clarify whether masks would be required.

France has recorded an average of 320,000 cases of COVID-19 every day over the past week, an ever-increasing number. But Castex said of the two simultaneous waves hitting the country – Delta and Omicron variants – the first was receding, while the second was starting to fall in the first regions where it appeared, including Paris.

“We are unquestionably in a new phase of the epidemic,” said the Prime Minister.

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