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France ends outdoor curfew and mask requirement

France is easing more anti-coronavirus measures this week as wearing masks outdoors will only be compulsory in crowds from Thursday, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced.

France is easing more anti-coronavirus measures this week as wearing masks outdoors will only be compulsory in crowds from Thursday, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced.

The nightly curfew from 11 pm onwards will be abolished as of Sunday, he said. The regulation was supposed to remain in force until the end of the month, but Castex said on Wednesday that the situation had improved faster than expected.

There are no worrying developments in any districts on the mainland, and the situation is also improving in the overseas territories, he said.

The number of new coronavirus infections per 100,000 people is around 40 over a week.

Castex stressed that an obligation to wear masks would continue to apply when crowds or large numbers of people come together, such as in queues or in stadiums.

The end of the curfew in France comes just in time for the Fete de la Musique (Festival of Music) on June 21. Other planned hygiene measures will remain in place, however, Castex announced.

According to the prime minister, 35 million people in France should be fully vaccinated by the end of August. By mid-June, about 30 million of the approximately 67 million inhabitants had received at least one first vaccination dose.

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