Monday, March 27

France announces the end of indoor masks in places that ask for the vaccination passport

The French Government has announced this Friday that as of February 28, the mask will no longer be mandatory inside those premises that require the vaccination passport to enter.

In those places where this certificate is not requested, as well as in transport, the mask will continue to be mandatory, the Ministry of Health has pointed out in a statement.

On February 2, the mask was no longer required outdoors in the country, but the French health authorities continue to recommend its use when there are large concentrations of people. Meanwhile, this Tuesday Spain ended the obligation to wear a mask outdoors, but the possibility of lifting this restriction also indoors has not yet been put on the table.

The protocol required for contact cases of coronavirus has also been lightened. Instead of the current three tests, on the first, second and fourth days, only one test should be done, either an antigen test or PCR, on the second day of knowing that you have been in contact with an infected person.

The Executive thus follows the recommendations of the High Council of Public Health due to the improvement in the health situation.

According to data from the covidtracker website, with an average dating back to February 7, some 207,431 daily positives are being registered in France, 34% less than the previous week, while until this Thursday the daily admissions in care units intensive had fallen 6% in a week.

The improved situation has also made it possible to lift some restrictions in schools. As of the return of the holidays, which depending on the areas will take place on February 21 and 28 or March 7, primary school students will no longer have to wear a mask in the playground during recess.

The number of tests necessary if the student is a contact case will also go from three to one, and children will be able to practice sports indoors without a mask, except in the case of contact sports.

With these changes, as indicated to the press by the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, it is sought that there be greater “coherence” between the restrictions in force for the general population and students.