France to extend COVID-19 state of emergency until July 31, government says

France brings in tougher health pass restrictions to curb COVID-19 surge
FILE PHOTO: A coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health pass poster and a poster reading "Mandatory Mask" are seen outside a bar as France brings in tougher restrictions where a proof of immunity will be required to access most public spaces and to travel by inter-city train, in Nice, France, August 9, 2021. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

October 13, 2021

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government will ask lawmakers to extend its pandemic state of emergency until July 31 next year to deal with the continuing coronavirus crisis, spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday.

The state of emergency extension would mean that the government will keep the power to extend or reinstate restrictive measures such as the use of a health pass to gain access to venues such as restaurants, bars and cinemas.

The state of emergency and the requirement of a health pass are due to expire on Nov. 15.

“There is a non-negligible risk of an epidemic resurgence,” Attal told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

“We must stay vigilant until next summer.”

(Reporting by Matthieu Protard and Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Catherine Evans)