France lifts restrictions such as the mandatory mask on the street

France lifts this Wednesday a series of restrictions that were in force since December due to the fifth wave of coronavirus starring ómicron, such as the mask in outdoor spaces, which is no longer mandatory.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, explains in an interview with the newspaper La Voix du Nord, that this first stage of lifting restrictions coincides with the forecasts on the evolution of the epidemic that his Government had made, since it is verified that "for several days we have had a drop in the incidence rate".

Along with the end of the mask on the street, teleworking is also no longer mandatory for jobs where it was possible, although the Executive continues to recommend it. From the end of December it was imperative at least three days a week.

The Government reminds on its website that you must continue to wear a mask outside when you cannot keep a distance of one meter from other people and that you must continue to comply with other measures such as regularly washing your hands or regularly airing closed spaces.

Another of the changes that come into force this Wednesday is that the capacity for shows, public meetings or sporting events, which were 2,000 people in closed rooms or pavilions and 5,000 in stadiums, is no longer limited.

However, inside it will be necessary to continue wearing a mask and in many cases the vaccination certificate will be required to enter (not only the health passport that can be validated with a test).

Macron insists that the next phase of lifting more restrictions, scheduled to start on February 16, is conditional on the "figures" of the epidemic, although "everything induces to think" that will be possible.

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If this is the case, since then they will be able to reopen the discos, closed since December 10, they will be able to organize concerts again in which the public is standing up and it will also be possible to consume in the bars of the bars and restaurants. .

If sanitary conditions allow it again, after the school holidays in February, the sanitary protocol of schools will be relaxed. That issue is addressed this morning in a Health Defense Council chaired by Macron.

The rate of infections in France continues to be high, although it has begun to decline in recent days. This Tuesday, 416,896 were reported in 24 hours, but it must be borne in mind that since fewer tests are carried out on weekends, the positives accumulate later.

As for hospitals, there were 32,894 patients admitted for covid yesterday, a slight increase compared to 32,374 on Monday. However, the number of daily admissions to the ICU has stabilized, reflecting that the omicron variant, despite being highly contagious, causes less severe cases.

In addition, there were 3,751 people in the ICU, quite far from the record of more than 7,100 in the first wave in April 2020.

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