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The use of an external mask is no longer mandatory in FranceAnd the French Prime Minister announced that the end of the curfew will be submitted, Jan Castex, this Wednesday (16).

See the new deadlines announced by the French government:

  • As of Thursday (17): The end of mandatory masks in outdoor environments, with some exceptions (read more below)
  • From Sunday (20): The curfew that was supposed to last until June 30 will be lifted

The announcements made by the Prime Minister were made possible thanks to the reduction in pollution from before COVID-19 no country.

Ending the curfew, which was introduced for ten days, will not prevent the maintenance of health protocols for public places and for traditional purposes. musical partyIt is celebrated on June 21.

Outdoor masks are still mandatory in crowded situations (queues, transfers, fairs, stands).

The events scheduled for June 30 continue with strict sanitary measures: concerts are organized in the open air only, and entry restrictions to bars, restaurants and shops.

Details were revealed after a meeting of the Council of Ministers and the Defense Council headed by Emmanuel Macron, This morning.

France was one of the last three countries in Europe to impose a curfew.

Timeline of the curfew in France:

  • October 30, 2020: It came into effect at 9 p.m. across the country
  • Holiday period (except for Christmas Day and Eve): Submitted to 20
  • January 16, 2021: Early until 6 pm
  • March 2021: Flexibility starts at 7 p.m., then 9 p.m.
  • June 9, 2021: Episode from 23 o’clock

The situation is improving faster than expected

“The health situation in our country is improving faster than we expected,” Castex said at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.

The average number of new daily infections fell to 3,200 on Tuesday (15), the lowest level in France since August 2020 and well below the limit of 5,000 cases per day set as a target last year by President Emmanuel Macron.

The slowdown in the spread of the virus in France contrasts with a new increase in cases across the English Channel, attributed to the delta variant, which was detected in India.

France, which is behind Britain in the goal of vaccination, is rushing to vaccinate as many people as possible in an effort to prevent the spread of this strain in its territory.

Castex said the government plans to fully vaccinate about 35 million people by the end of August, which is just over half of the population. So far, 16.5 million people have been fully immunized against Covid-19 in the country, with two doses of the vaccine.