THE BALL – Novak Djokovic can defend his title at Roland Garros (Tennis)

The rule requiring a COVID-19 vaccine passport to access certain places will be suspended in France from March 14 – around a month before the presidential elections.

This means that Novak Djokovic will, after all, be able to defend the title at Roland Garros without needing to be vaccinated or certified.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has acknowledged that the virus is receding, so it is only natural that there is relief in COVID health protocols.

“The health situation is improving,” Castex told TF1, with demand remaining only for access to homes.

The use of a mask in closed places will also be abolished, except in public transport.

The French parliament had in January approved the introduction of the vaccination pass, which imposes major social restrictions on people who do not want to be vaccinated against covid-19 – including athletes – in an attempt by the French government to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

The pass was compulsory to enter spaces already covered by the health passport (stadiums, theaters or pavilions) and for all spectators and professionals.

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