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US Olivier Véran hopes the outdoor mask this summer

20:40  04 may  2021
20:40  04 may  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Olivier Véran, le ministre des Solidarités et de la Santé, à Paris le 15 octobre 2020. © Albert Facelly Olivier Véran, the Minister of Solidarities and Health, in Paris on October 15, 2020.

Since Monday, the deconformation is started in France. Displacement restrictions and attestations have fainted, college students and high school students have found the classrooms ... Emmanuel Macron then checked on the calendar a lot of boxes with the recovery of cultural life and the reopening of the terraces on May 19, that Restaurants on June 9 or the end of the curfew for June 30th. But a question remains: when the end of the outdoor masks? Olivier Véran tried to bring a start of answer on Tuesday, stating over Europe 1 that he is sincerely hopeful that it will be [for] this summer ".

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The Minister of Health, however, conditioned this relaxation to the speed of injections against COVID.

"We know that vaccination protects from serious forms and we believe that it protects well from the diffusion of the virus and therefore the risk of epidemic. When enough French will be vaccinated, we can consider lowering the guard, has assured. I can not give a date today, it would not be honest on my part. But as soon as we can find ourselves, serenely consider the end of barrier gestures and the end of the mask outside, we will not wait twenty-four hours. We will say it immediately. " The mask does not mandatory everywhere in France

For several months, some virologists wish to see the abandonment of the wearing of the outdoor mask. Studies have shown that if

the risks of contamination of the open environment are not completely zero, they are widely lower than in closed places. A metanalysis published in mid-February in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and relating to five studies carried out in the world concluded that a "low proportion of global infections by SARS-COV-2 reported (less than 10%) occurred outside ". The port of the mask is mandatory in all public places closed since July 20th but the rule fluctuates outside. Large Métropoles require it everywhere, when some medium-sized cities prefer to book shopping areas, markets and schools. It is indeed the prefects and mayors that are entitled to impose

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"for all or part of the public space of their department or commune".

In the Alpes-Maritimes, where the incidence rate is described with an arm tower vaccination, the prefecture decided on Tuesday to no longer make it mandatory in certain areas: urban green spaces (parks, gardens And spaces on the edge of the watercourse), the edges of water and the beaches. On the coasts, the walkers could already do without this protection in Corsica, in Finistère, Morbihan, Seine-Maritime, Calvados and Landes. in Bourges (Cher), Mayor Yann Galut also decided to suspend the restriction (except in the hyper-center) for several days. On RMC, he explained: "Bourges is a city on a human size, where there is space and so there was more and more a misunderstanding of my fellow citizens who did not see why it was still necessary to wear the mask then that we were saying everywhere there were no more contaminations. We had arrived at the end of the logic. "

In the rest of the world, some countries have already dropped the mask. This is the case since April 18 in Israel, where more than half of the population has been vaccinated so far. In the United States, the government announced last week that vaccinated people would no longer be obliged to wear it outdoors, unless they are in the middle of a crowd.

North Carolina nixes outdoor mask mandate .
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) plans drop the state's outdoor mask mandate days after federal health experts released new guidance on mask-wearing for those vaccinated against the coronavirus.Cooper said in a news conference on Wednesday he's signing an executive order nixing the outdoor mask mandate on Friday and increasing the limits on mass gatherings to 200 people outdoors and 100 people indoors. He said that masks will still be required indoors and in public places. Safety requirements for public places - including social distancing and capacity limits - will also remain in place next month.

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