COVID-19

France eases Covid-19 curbs, including outdoor mask-wearing

France "will lift most of the restrictions taken thanks to the new vaccination pass

In Summary

•Audience capacity limits for concert halls, sporting matches and other events were also removed

•Since last month proof of inoculation records have been required for the new passes

France "will be able to lift most of the restrictions taken to curb the epidemic in February", including wearing masks outdoors
France "will be able to lift most of the restrictions taken to curb the epidemic in February", including wearing masks outdoors
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France began lifting coronavirus restrictions including mandatory outdoor mask-wearing Wednesday (Feb 2) in a bid to ease citizens' daily lives, dividing opinion as the country only last month reported record COVID-19 infections.

Audience capacity limits for concert halls, sporting matches and other events were also removed, and although homeworking will no longer be mandated it is still recommended.

The move begins a two-part relaxation of curbs announced at the end of January - despite the country hitting record levels of daily cases last month - and comes as England and Denmark also eased their restrictions.

France "will be able to lift most of the restrictions taken to curb the epidemic in February" thanks to the new vaccination pass, which replaced the health pass, Prime Minister Jean Castex said in January.

Since last month proof of inoculation records have been required for the new passes - needed to access everything from bars and restaurants to long-distance public transport.

Previously, the health pass could also be obtained with a recent negative COVID-19 test, a possibility the government ended in its bid to convince more people to get COVID-19 jabs.