Telework, health pass, lifting of restrictions … Jean Castex’s announcements this January 20

Give prospects to the French. Jean Castex endeavored this Thursday, January 20, 2022 during a press conference to draw up a timetable for the exit from health restrictions. A balancing act as a daily case record was broken for the third consecutive day (over 500,000 people tested positive), and while a sub-variant from Omicron appeared in Denmark and UK. “The situation begins to evolve more favorably“Yet wants to believe the Prime Minister. “The wave linked to the Delta variant, which is more dangerous, is everywhere in clear ebb. The number of intensive care patients is decreasing. The wave caused by the Omicron variant is starting to stall in the regions where it hit first, such as Ile-de-France“, he assures.

Telework simply recommended from February 2

Consequently, Jean Castex is considering an easing of health restriction measures from February. “We will do it gradually and consistently“, he announces. This will be made possible in particular by the entry into force of the vaccination pass for those over 16 on Monday, January 24, subject to a positive opinion from the Constitutional Council. It will be extended to French people receiving a first dose by February 15, provided that they receive their second dose a month later. The first doses of the Novavax vaccine should be available for this first injection for those who want it.


On February 2, the gauges will be removed in sports and cultural places (wearing a mask will remain the rule there). Teleworking three days a week will no longer be compulsory but simply recommended. Wearing a mask will no longer be required outside.

Two weeks later, on February 16, the other measures still in force are lifted: it will be the return of standing concerts, and nightclubs will be able to reopen. A reduction in the health protocol in schools could take place when the February holidays return.

A third dose possible for 12-16 year olds

Not waiting for the opinion of the High Authority for Health, the government will open from Monday January 24 the possibility for children and adolescents aged 12 to 17 to be administered a booster dose, without obligation.

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