France to lift most restrictions against Covid-19 in February



Several people wear the mask on the street, as the French restrictions will force until next February 2.  In Nantes, France, on January 8, 2022.


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Several people wear the mask on the street, as the French restrictions will force until next February 2. In Nantes, France, on January 8, 2022.

The French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, was in charge of announcing the changes, which will mean the elimination of most restrictions once the month of February arrives. This measure comes at a time when hospital tension continues to be extremely strong, but also when the measures taken to stop the Omicron variant, much more contagious than other variants of the virus, have been shown to be ineffective.

France will lift a large part of the restrictions in force as of February 2. The long-awaited news was given by the Prime Minister of the French nation, Jean Castex, and contemplates a radical change in the semi-confinement policy that until now had been contemplated from the Elysee.

The main measures go through the abandonment of the capacity requirements in open spaces from February 2, a measure that will also come into force together with the elimination of the use of a mask in open spaces. The latter had generated great controversy when it was reintroduced with the arrival of the Omicron variant, even for those who had already been vaccinated with a double dose.

For this date it is also planned to stop contemplating teleworking as mandatory for the professions that can do it. This could mean a gradual return to the offices, although the Government will continue to consider this model as “recommended” to avoid contagion during working hours.

With regard to leisure, the day set for his return will be February 16. From that date, French citizens will be able to return to nightclubs, as long as they present their vaccination pass, and they will also be able to attend music concerts standing up, although with the masks correctly placed.

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