At the end of the Council of Ministers, preceded by a health defense council, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, announced on Wednesday June 16 that wearing a mask would no longer be compulsory outdoors from Thursday.
The mask remains the rule “When we get together, whether in a crowded place, in a queue, in a market or in the stands of a stadium”, he said, however. Likewise, it remains compulsory in closed places, such as offices and public transport.
Mr Castex also said the curfew, currently set from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., would be lifted from Sunday, June 20. Several voices had been raised in recent days to ask for the lifting of the curfew, scheduled in principle for June 30, to be brought forward. It was in place continuously in certain parts of the territory, including Ile-de-France, since October 17, 2020.
Music Festival gauges and rules unchanged
On the other hand, the head of government specified that the gauge measures, in place until June 30 in most places open to the public, « n’[étaient] not modified “, the new rules applicable after 1is July to be confirmed next week. Also, the protocol concerning the organization of the Fête de la musique, on June 21, is maintained as it is.
Tuesday, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, calling for the « vigilance collective » because of the Delta variant, however pleaded for the rules concerning the wearing of the mask to be maintained. During his speech, Mr. Castex also mentioned the more contagious variants, in particular the Delta variant, whose rapid evolution has forced the United Kingdom to postpone its last stage of deconfinement. “We are going to step up actions to prevent and monitor variants”, announced Mr. Castex, specifying that the “Vaccines are very effective” against them.
The government has also posted its next vaccination targets. By the end of August, 40 million French people should have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 35 million should be fully vaccinated. Also, 85% of people over 50 and people with co-morbidities should have received at least one dose. “We are having a happy time returning to a normal form of life; We are on the right path “, concluded the head of government.