The obligation to wear a mask in primary school will be lifted from October 4 in the departments least affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, the government spokesman announced on Wednesday September 22, but the health pass is currently maintained throughout France.
“From Monday, October 4, in the departments where the incidence rate stabilizes below the threshold of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants, the school protocol will go to level 1, which essentially means that the obligation to wear a mask in primary school will be lifted ”, indicated Gabriel Attal after the Council of Ministers. Second measure, “The gauges which apply in certain establishments open to the public will be lifted in these same departments”, he added. This mainly concerns the cultural sector, in particular standing concert halls as well as discotheques.
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Tuesday, 41 departments out of 101 were below this alert threshold, while the decline of the epidemic “Is confirmed day after day” even if “Caution is required”, welcomed the government spokesperson, insisting on “Positive measures”. “Wearing a mask, especially for the youngest children, is far from trivial”, did he declare.
The health pass maintained in all departments
Those “Good news, we owe it mainly to the considerable progress in vaccination coverage: the vaccination campaign is a French success, at the end of last week we crossed the milestone of 50 million French people vaccinated”, he recalled.
However, the health pass is maintained for the moment in all French departments, said the spokesperson, arguing that the device was “A very effective tool for keeping open places that would have had to be closed if the sanitary pass had not existed”.
While a bill to extend the health pass beyond November 15 is being drafted and must be presented on October 13 in the Council of Ministers, Gabriel Attal indicated that the government would “Continue to work on adapting the health pass”. “The President of the Republic has placed an order so that adaptation criteria can be defined. They will obviously take into account the incidence rate in the different departments but they will also take into account the percentage of the population vaccinated in these same departments “, he detailed.