At an unexpected joint press conference at 1 p.m., prime minister Jean Castex and health minister Oliver Véran announced that, after 230 days, curfew in France will be lifted completely from the la Fête de Musique on June 21.
Additionally, the wearing of a mask is no longer mandatory outdoors from today. Inside, it remains obligatory.
The virus has not disappeared and the ministers urged the public to continue to respect social distancing and other health measures in place, like wearing a mask indoors.
The prime minister said the pandemic has improved “better than they had imagined.” The incidence rate in France is now 40.5. with 12,008 people in hospital, a number the country has not seen since last October.
45.34% of the population (30,764,968 people) have received one dose while 23.37% (16,554,449 people) have been completely vaccinated.