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France and Belgium End Most Covid Restrictions

France and Belgium End Most Covid Restrictions

The decision in France comes just ahead April’s presidential election.

The preference cascade for ending covid restrictions continues to spread around the world as more nations embrace the idea the coronavirus is now endemic, with some amount of infections and transmissions inevitably occurring.

This week, the French are ending vaccine passport requirements . . . just ahead of the upcoming presidential election.

Rules requiring people to show a COVID-19 vaccine passport to access venues will be lifted in France on March 14 – about a month before the presidential election – saidFrench [sic] Prime Minister Jean Castex, as the country gradually eases COVID health protocols amid signs the virus is receeding [sic] in France.

In the wake of this move, French President Emmanuel Macron announced he would run for a second term in the April French presidential election.

In terms of the new French rules, masks will also not be required indoors (with the exception of public transport). School children will not be required to mask, either.

Private businesses will still be able to make mask-wearing a condition of entry.

Castex did not mention schools, but his office later clarified that masks will no longer be required in the classroom.

The government still recommends masks for at-risk positive and contact cases, symptomatic individuals and health care professionals.

Belgium will be scrapping its vaccine passport and masking requirements as well starting March 7th.

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said that the major easing of measures has come almost exactly two years since the pandemic first struck the country, which is home to NATO and EU institutions.

“I think it is an important page that we are turning. It is a symbol principally of our resilience and perseverance faced with a pandemic that gave us little chance to rest,” he told a news conference.

From Monday, Belgians wanting to dine in a restaurant, drink in a bar or visit a museum or cinema will no longer need to show a COVID pass, proving vaccination, recent recovery from infection or a negative test.

There is even more good news for those who may wish to travel to Europe, at least while there is still a Europe to travel too. There is a move do drop pre-travel covid test requirements and to embrace an approach that recognizes naturally obtained immunity.

The Council of the European Union recommended on Jan. 25 that member nations apply a “person-based approach” — rather than a country-based one — that allowed free travel for those with an EU digital Covid certificate that showed proof of vaccination with an EU-approved vaccine, a recent negative Covid test or recovery from an infection.

On Feb. 22, the Council recommended member nations open more broadly to travelers from outside of the EU as well — with the caveat that they be vaccinated or have recently recovered. The recommendation did not include a provision to allow outsiders in with only negative Covid test results, however.

…Most countries require that travelers be vaccinated because “they’re not going to put a strain on the country,” agreed Dale Fisher, group chief of medicine at Singapore’s National University Health System.

Pre-travel testing is different, he said, calling it both inconvenient and unsustainable.

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Comments

henrybowman | March 5, 2022 at 4:47 pm

“the French are ending vaccine passport requirements . . . just ahead of the upcoming presidential election.”

Them science am some remarkably flexible shit.

    Peabody in reply to henrybowman. | March 5, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    “…some remarkably flexible shit.”

    Not as flexible as the Piece of Dung who flew dung, probably his own dung, in the dung infested NYC subway.

    It would only be meaningful were they to revoke their emergency powers. They are just giving us a temporary “rest” until after the elections. That is why they add the strong recommendations to continue wearing masks voluntarily (still mandatory for health care workers and facilities, public transportation and certain other cases) to not get too used to it. The tyranny is far from over. It may come to having to seize our liberties back by force if necessary.

      nordic_prince in reply to Pasadena Phil. | March 5, 2022 at 8:22 pm

      Exactly. They still reserve the right to act tyrannically as they see fit, and they still want to require travelers to jump through hoops. Spare me the nonsense about “vaxxed” not putting a strain on the system when it’s common knowledge that the ones winding up in the hospital and/or dying from “covid” are far and away more likely to be those who’ve gotten the clot shot.

      These government leaders/ dictators are acting like abusive captors – you’re supposed to be grateful when they throw you a crumb or two by “easing up” on their tyranny for a season.

      How about dropping ALL the “pandemic” measures period – pronto, without qualifications, without restrictions, without exceptions. After two years of psyops, fear porn, and mass formation psychosis, we’ve become textbook cases of Stockholm Syndrome.

2smartforlibs | March 5, 2022 at 4:53 pm

Amazing how the science hasn’t changed but the narrative has.

henrybowman | March 5, 2022 at 5:34 pm

“…Most countries require that travelers be vaccinated because “they’re not going to put a strain on the country vote there,” agreed Dale Fisher, group chief of medicine at Singapore’s National University Health System.”

Disappointing. The next respiratory viral contagion is in progress, and aborting people at alarming rates, each year, every year. Leaky masks, non-sterilizing medical experiments, toxic medical treatments (not the “cleaner”, not the “dewormer”) and planned parent/hood forever.

But not the city of Los Angeles!