The French government spokesman said on Wednesday, February 9, that the widely-hated Vaccine Pass may be lifted within weeks.

Due to an improvement in the health situation the government believes that there are “reasons to hope” that “at the end of March, beginning of April we will be able to lift the vaccine pass”, Gabriel Attal said.

The first round of France’s presidential election takes place on April 10.

He added that the rules that will apply when schools return after the winter break will be announced by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, masks are no longer required on open ski lifts and associated queues, with immediate effect, France’s Ministry of Tourism announced on Wednesday, February 9. However, it remains mandatory in cabin lifts and queues in enclosed spaces for all users over six years of age.

The Vaccine Pass remains in force for access to any ski facility.