French Prime Minister Jean Castex says new legislation requiring people to show a COVID-19 vaccine pass to enter restaurants and other public spaces will go into effect on Monday.
Castex also indicated on Thursday that coronavirus restrictions will be gradually lifted. He said that the vaccination pass will likely curb the spread of COVID-19.
He added that people will no longer be required to work from home at least three days a week, starting on February 2. He stated that the outdoor mask requirement will be lifted on the same day.
Recent daily case counts have surpassed 400,000 in France. But the number of patients in intensive care units has been declining. The number of infections in and around Paris has also been decreasing.
But Castex also stressed that people need to continue to take anti-infection measures.