Deconfinement: what remains prohibited in France

Since Sunday, the French have returned to an almost normal life. In view of the decline in Covid-19 contamination, the curfew introduced eight months ago has been lifted, as has the obligation to wear a mask outdoors. Soon it will be the turn of nightclubs to reopen their doors, after fifteen months of closure.

However, the Minister of Health warned that the epidemic “was not over” because “there are variants circulating, including the Delta variant” (ex-Indian variant). Update on the health measures remaining in force to avoid a new outbreak of contamination at the start of the school year.

Wearing a mask in crowded or closed places

The general obligation to wear a mask remains in force in closed places. This concerns shops, public services, offices, transport, schools, indoor shows, etc.

Outdoors, the wearing of a mask is always required “in situations where the rules of distancing cannot apply”, underlines the government. The French must therefore keep their mask when they are in queues, in markets or flea markets, near schools when taking or picking up their children, at the entrance or exit of worship ceremonies. , in public transport, on station platforms or around stations, ports and airports.

Likewise, people who participate in demonstrations, festivals or shows organized on the public highway have to wear a mask. It is up to the local authorities to decide whether it is appropriate, at peak times, to request the wearing of the mask in busy shopping streets or pedestrian areas.

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Gauges in some establishments

Until June 30, establishments open to the public must respect tonnage limits. In libraries, museums, monuments, exhibition halls and fairgrounds, the gauge to be respected is 4 square meters per visitor.

In cinemas, auditoriums, theaters, zoos, stadiums and conference rooms, a gauge of 65% of the maximum workforce remains in force, with a ceiling of 5,000 people. In casinos and indoor leisure venues (bowling, gaming rooms, escape games), as well as in trade shows and exhibition fairs, a stricter 50% gauge is applied.

In swimming pools and sports halls, contact sports are prohibited and non-contact sports limited with a gauge of 50%. For spectators, the gauge to be respected is 65%.

In bars and restaurants, tables are for a maximum of six people. Indoors, a 50% gauge, with an adapted sanitary protocol, is in force. No consumption, no bar service.

Finally, holiday villages can only offer individual accommodation and cruises are prohibited. After June 30, all these gauge limits should be lifted, except for exceptions decided locally by the prefecture.

No outdoor gatherings

On public roads, gatherings of more than 10 people remain prohibited until June 30. This does not apply to tours organized by professionals.

Even in the open air, spectators cannot stand up to attend sports competitions (surfing, marathon, cycling race, etc.) or festivals. You have to stay seated, with a gauge of 65% of the maximum workforce.

Regarding outdoor sports, groups of more than 25 people also remain prohibited until the end of the month.

A health pass required for certain events

Beyond 1,000 people hosted in a place, the presentation of a health pass is required, which must certify a complete vaccination against Covid-19, a cure or a recent negative test.

This rule will also apply to nightclubs, which must reopen from July 9 with a gauge of 75%. The organizers can set up barnums at the entrance to allow customers who do not have a health pass to take a rapid screening test.

Restrictions on travel abroad

Borders are gradually reopening, but the government has color-coded countries according to their health status. It is therefore strongly recommended not to travel to countries classified as red, such as South Africa, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Maldives and the majority of countries in South and Central America, where the Gamma variant is actively circulating.

In addition, depending on the country of destination, special measures may apply (test required on boarding and / or arrival, quarantine measure, proof of vaccination, etc.). From July 1, travel in the European area will be facilitated with the health pass, which will be “in the form of a European certificate”, recalls the government.

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