French health minister reveals the conditions to lift Covid restrictions

In recent weeks France has relaxed several of its Covid-related rules. However, two major restrictions remain in place; the requirement for a vaccine pass to enter a wide range of venues and mask rules in many indoor venues.

Health Minister Olivier Véran, in a presentation to the Senate, has laid out three criteria that must be met before these rules can be relaxed or scrapped altogether. The first one is fewer than 1,500 Covid patients in intensive care across the country, then incidence rate (cases per 100,000 people) of between 300 and 500, and lastly R rate below 1. He added that if present trends continue, those goals could still be met by mid-March or early April.