Three days after the end of the obligation to wear a mask outdoors, the French are back to an almost normal life with, this Sunday, the lifting of the curfew introduced eight months ago, thanks to the drop in contamination.
But the Covid-19 epidemic is "not over", recalled Thursday the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, and faced with the progression of the Delta variant in the world, restrictions remain in France.
We take stock.
Wearing the mask.
Wearing a mask in closed environments remains compulsory (businesses, stores, transport, etc.). In addition, the mask must be worn in certain outdoor areas, according to prefectural decrees. Most of the time, these are queues, markets, stadiums, bus shelters or even when regrouping on public roads. Some prefectures are stricter, such as that of Gironde, which requires the wearing of a mask in two busy streets of Bordeaux between 12 and 7 p.m.
Gauges in establishments.
The gauges for the reception of the public are maintained until June 30. Details of the new rules as of July 1 are expected to be announced this week, the government said on its site. Since June 9, the gauge in shops and covered markets has been 4 m² per customer. Ditto for libraries or museums. Cafes and restaurants can accommodate 50% of their capacity indoors with a limit of 6 people per table. Theaters have a 65% gauge. It is reduced to 50% for indoor sports halls (and swimming pools).
While they have lowered the curtain for fifteen months, the nightclubs do not yet have a precise reopening date. "We are working to reopen them this summer," said the Minister of Health on Thursday. "From June 21, we will know more," he said, confirming the appointment given by President Emmanuel Macron to professionals in the sector. “In July, the discotheques are required to reopen with specific conditions. "
To participate in events for more than 1,000 people, both outdoors and indoors, you will need a health pass, in paper version or on the TousAntiCovid application. This device allows you to certify that you have been vaccinated against Covid, that you have undergone a PCR or antigen test dating back less than 48 hours or that you are immune after having tested positive more than two weeks ago and less than six. month. It is required to access theaters, performance halls, open-air festivals (seated or standing) or any other event "when it is specifically located (balls organized by communities, etc.)" and that they welcome more of 1,000 people. Marquees, tents and arts education establishments will also be affected.
More and more countries are reopening their borders to travelers. However, "it is strongly recommended" not to go to countries classified as red by the French government "for health reasons", indicates the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These are Afghanistan, South Africa, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Maldives, Nepal , Pakistan, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Uruguay. “For all other countries, especially those classified orange, it is advisable to consult the advice to the travelers (…), in order to be sure of the conditions of entry and stay in force in this country. »From July 1, travel in Europe will be made easier with the health pass,which will be "recognized (...) in the form of a European certificate", recalls the government.