Updated 16 / 06 / 2021
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Jean Castex announced it on 14 June 2021: from the next day, it will no longer be compulsory to wear the mask outdoors except during gatherings. This is not all since the curfew, currently set at 20 hours, will end on Sunday 17 June.
Jean Castex announced the end of the obligation to wear a mask outdoors from Thursday 16 June as well that the lifting of the Sunday curfew 17 June at 6 a.m., when it was planned in principle on 23 June. The Prime Minister made this unexpected announcement due to improved figures, at the end of a Defense Council. “The health situation in our country is improving faster than we had hoped” did he declare.
However, the mask remains the rule “when we gather together, find ourselves in a crowded place, a queue, in a market or in the stands of a stadium” he clarified. It is in fact always obligatory in closed places, offices as well as in public transport. In addition “wild and festive gatherings without respect for barrier gestures” , will not be more tolerated.
The rules of the Fête de la musique unchanged “If this curfew measure answered to a real need to support the end of the third wave, very good results recorded no longer justify it ” explained the Prime Minister. Jean Castex wanted to know that the measurements of the gauges in bars, restaurants or even festivals were not modified. Thus the protocol concerning the organization of the Fête de la Musique remains the same (no health pass, but wearing a compulsory mask). The new rules applicable after July 1 are expected to be confirmed next week.
A “coherent and progressive” deconfinement schedule The end of wearing a mask outdoors was a measure requested and validated by many experts, the risk of contamination being low. Interviewed by Franceinfo the 13 June, Professor Christian Rabaud, infectious disease specialist and president of the Nancy University Hospital Establishment Medical Commission, affirmed in relation to the epidemic that “ we are in an evolution which gives us hope for a simpler summer. And I think that not keeping it outside, except in certain circumstances where we can be very close to each other, like when going through a market, is going to be a measure that will be very doable from the start of the process. month of July. ”
For Jérôme Salomon, the deconfinement schedule is ” consistent and progressive “. ” We have pretty good news. This weekend, we fell below the 5 mark case. So much the better. But we must still be very vigilant and careful. ”
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AFP Coronavirus: the end of the mask outdoors on July 1 “if conditions allow”, says Salomon – RTL, 13 June 2021 ( accessible online ).