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France makes the Masks mandatory in cultural venues, among other health measures

France makes the Masks mandatory in cultural venues, among other health measures

France's mask is in time. The health minister unveiled a set of familiar health measures as Europe faces 'a fifth wave of COVID-19 cases.

One of the key measures announced by Olivier Veran on Nov. 25 during a televised address, face masks will be mandatory in every cultural venue starting Friday (Nov. 26).

Earlier this week, the French Premier Jean-Pierre Castex tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and several government members have been self-isolating.

The Francen National Exhibitors Association said the health pass became enforced on July 21 masks were no longer mandatory and were rather recommended in most theaters although most exhibitors were still requiring it for people over 11 years old, said Marc-Olivier Sebbag, the spokesperson of the National Expotors Association.

Taking the health pass from Jan. 15 to 48 hours, the PCR test will only be valid for 24 hours instead of 48.

In the last three days, 87.9% of the French population has received two vaccine shots, but only 11% have received one third shot, according to the app TousAntiCovid. There have been 36,787 new COVID-19 cases in the past three weeks, as well.

In recent days, Western Europe has recorded an increase in COVID-19 cases, resulting in a state of emergency for 30 days where the attendance at cultural events is limited to 1,000 vaccinated or recently recovered members. From Dec. 1, Portugal will require veils for enclosed spaces and telecommunications will be required to enter cinemas. The Netherlands and Germany have introduced new restrictions, and tight measures are expected imminently.