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After the British, the French also began to lift restrictions on the epidemic

As of this day Wearing an outside mask is not mandatory, it is recommended to work from home onlyIt is not mandatory as it currently is, and restrictions on hiring for cultural and sporting events will be lifted. Currently, events of up to two thousand people are allowed indoors, and events of up to five thousand people are allowed outdoors, with the obligation to wear a mask.

Nightclubs and discos, which closed on December 10, may reopen on February 16. From the same day, you will be able to dance in concerts again, stand and eat in restaurants, and you will be allowed to eat and drink in vans, stadiums, theaters and cinemas.

Thanks to the vaccination certificate, we will be able to lift most of the restrictions that we put in place to curb the epidemic in February

Prime Minister said.

From the age of 16 a certificate of vaccination must be presented as of Monday in public places for more than 50 people, In sports facilities, cultural institutions, cinemas, theaters, concert halls, restaurants, hotels, trains, coaches and domestic flights.

The certificate of vaccination, valid for three doses, replaces the document certifying protection against the virus (certificate of vaccination or negative test not older than 24 hours), which has been in effect since August. In the future, a negative test will not be enough to enter public places except for healthcare facilities.

The law mandates the use of a certificate of vaccination from the age of 16, as parental consent is not required to take the vaccination from the age of 16. For those between the ages of 12 and 15, it is still sufficient to provide proof of protection. However, the government also allows a third dose for those aged 12-17, but not on a mandatory basis.

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A law passed on Sunday will require a vaccination certificate to be used by the end of July. The Prime Minister indicated that if circumstances permit, the date can be brought forward, but he did not specify the conditions.

And the latest figures from the Ministry of Health indicate that the daily number of new infections has peaked, with the epidemic receding in several regions, including Paris and the surrounding area. However, the number of new cases detected daily is still very high, with 425,000 new infections reported in the past 24 hours after 436,000 on Wednesday and 464,000 on Tuesday. The hospitalization is expected to reach its peak at the end of January: the number of patients is currently 28,000 after 27,000 the day before, while the number of critical patients in the intensive care unit is declining. There were 3,842 on Thursday, up from 4,000 a week ago.

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