France canceled today, March 14, its commitment to vaccination in order to reach most places and events in the country, after assessing that the situation of the Corona virus allows such a step to be taken.
The move was announced ten days ago in a press release from the French government, which also revealed that the obligation to carry a mask in most places in France would also be lifted from March 14.
“After the fifth wave of COVID-19 of an unprecedented magnitude, the health situation has improved significantly for several weeks. In its announcement, the government noted, in particular, that the pressure on hospitals due to the epidemic has significantly decreased, allowing the lifting of white plans and the gradual resumption of activities scheduled.
The same indicates that easing these measures is in line with the government’s strategy to maintain the effectiveness of only measures necessary in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to eliminate those that do not have any noticeable impact.
Thus, starting today, March 14, places and events such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, performance halls, stadiums, exhibitions, exhibitions, inter-regional transportation, etc., can be accessed without proof of vaccination.
The move, among other things, will enable professional tennis player Novak Djokovic to defend the title of Ronald Garros at the French Open, scheduled for May 22-June 5. Not participating in the tournament and not being vaccinated, claiming it was “a price I am willing to pay”.
However, this requirement will remain in place in places such as hospitals, retirement homes and institutions for the disabled in order to continue to protect the most vulnerable from the virus.
French Health Minister Olivier Veran said: “When we have emptied the intensive care units, or at least (…) when there is no further cancellation of procedures and if there is no new variable in circulation, the benefit of permitting the vaccine will be moot”, at the beginning of month regarding the abolition of the health permit requirement to access these places, in an interview with BFM TV.
The obligation to wear a mask, which has already been canceled outdoors since February 28, has also been rescinded today. The obligation will remain valid only for public transportation until further notice.
On March 3, TheSchengen.com also reported that French authorities have expanded the green list of countries in order to allow more travelers to enter France without restrictions. The countries added to the list are Angola, Argentina, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Canada, Comoros, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eswatini, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia and Oman. Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Green List travelers can enter France without being subject to any restrictions even if they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
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