France to lift curfew early and end face mask rule for outdoors

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PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 28: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks in a deserted street before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on October 28, 2020 in Paris, France. French President Emmanuel Macron announced this Wednesday, October 28, during a live speech on television, a new lockdown of all of France starting this Friday until December 1 to fight against the coronavirus epidemic. Businesses which were defined in the spring as non-essential, including bars and restaurants, will be closed. According to Macron, France risks experiencing “at least 400,000 additional deaths” within a few months if nothing is done about the Covid-19 epidemic. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 28: A woman wearing a protective face mask walks in a deserted street before the 9pm city-wide night time curfew during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on October 28, 2020 in Paris, France. French President Emmanuel Macron announced this Wednesday, October 28, during a live speech on television, a new lockdown of all of France starting this Friday until December 1 to fight against the coronavirus epidemic. Businesses which were defined in the spring as non-essential, including bars and restaurants, will be closed. According to Macron, France risks experiencing “at least 400,000 additional deaths” within a few months if nothing is done about the Covid-19 epidemic. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

France’s nightly curfew will be lifted on Sunday, June 20th, 10 days earlier than originally scheduled, while wearing a face mask outdoors will no longer be a requirement from Thursday, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Wednesday.

Castex said the COVID-19 epidemic in France has evolved in a positive way that allowed for restrictions and masks rules to be eased earlier than expected.

“We are going to lift the obligation to wear face masks outdoors,” said Castex after a meeting between President Emmanuel Macron and his top ministers.

The PM said the nationwide nighttime curfew that had been in place since mid-December would end on Sunday rather than June 30th as initially planned.

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