Covid-19 rules eased further as tourism boom predicted

Despite recent events in Europe, there was optimism in the French tourism sector this week for two reasons.

First, the The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) released a statement to say that his research suggests that the French travel and tourism sector could see the creation of more than 60,000 jobs compared to 2019, which would exceed pre-pandemic levels by 2.3% and would imply that the sector would employ 2.8 million people in 2022.

Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC, said it was “fantastic to see such a strong recovery for a country that has prioritized its travel and tourism sector”. Simpson added that “millions of livelihoods depend on a thriving travel and tourism sector, and with the support of the French government, the sector could soon achieve a full economic recovery and bring back all the jobs lost during the pandemic”.

Second, France continues to lift its pandemic restrictions across the country. Since Monday, February 28, it is no longer necessary to wear a mask in places that require a Vaccine Pass to enter. It would be any restaurant, bar, cafe, ski lift, theme park, library, tourist site, concert, museum or cinema. There is one more exception to this rule: masks are still compulsory on long-distance journeys (buses, planes and trains) where the Vaccine Pass is also compulsory.

Masks are still compulsory for all places where the Vaccine Pass is not essential, such as workplaces and shops – but since February 2, 2022, it is no longer necessary to wear a mask outside in the street.

The next step in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions is expected to be the lifting of face masks as mandatory requirements in schools and workplaces and also the gradual reduction of the need for a pass for vaccines in some places.

Anyone over the age of 16 must have a Vaccine Pass to access cultural events, fairs, long-distance transport, theme parks, ski lifts and catering services, such as restaurants and bars . Current rules on how to get a Pass (and when a booster is needed to keep it active) can be found here.

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