The French government through its Prime Minister, Jean Castex announced on Thursday, January 20, that most of the restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic would be lifted in February. The rules include wearing masks outside and mandatory teleworking the reopening of nightclubs, and the return of standing concerts.
“In February, we will be able to lift most of the restrictions taken to curb the pandemic thanks to the new vaccination pass which will come into force next Monday,” the Prime Minister announced during a press conference in Matignon.
Elaborating on the extent of relaxation of restrictions, Jean Castex also hinted at the possibility of a future suspension of the vaccine pass.
“You have to know how to react quickly when necessary, but you also have to know how to lift the measures as soon as the conditions allow it to do so. This also applies to the vaccination pass.
“Its necessity is beyond doubt today, but I want to be clear: the pass could very well be suspended if the epidemic and above all hospital pressure were to reduce sharply and durably; if our intensive care units did not see new patients arriving for several weeks; if our hospitals were no longer forced to deprogram care.
“If the health pressure drops to the lowest, then we would have to lift the pass, while obviously being ready to reactivate it in the event of a restart,” the Prime Minister stated.