Covid-19 Bulletin no. 57 – Relaxed Covid-19 restrictions

In this bulletin we bring you news on the gradual relaxation of France’s Covid-19 restrictions.

The French Prime Minister and the Minister for Health gave a press conference on 20 January to confirm important revisions to the country’s regime of COVID-19 restrictions. In general they announced a gradual lifting of public sanitary measures, as follows.

From Monday 24th January 2022

  • Introduction of the Pass Vaccinal. This is dependent on its approval by the Constitutional Council. This will be required for entry into indoor public spaces (e.g. cinemas, theatres, restaurants etc.).

The new Pass Vaccinal will be activated even for those who take their first dose of vaccine from the launch date.

  • The original Pass Sanitaire will still be valid and required for visits to medical establishments and nursing homes (the new Pass Vaccinal will not be required in those circumstances).
  • The 3rd (booster) dose of vaccine will be made available available to 12 to 17 year olds.

From Wednesday 2nd February 2022

  • There will no longer be an upper limit on numbers in venues with seating for 5000 outdoors or 2000 indoors e.g. sports and concert venues.
  • There will be no obligation to wear masks outdoors.
  • Working from home will no longer be compulsory.

From Wednesday 16th February 2022

  • The lifting of the ban on eating and drinking while standing at the bar, or on public transport, will be effected.
  • Discotheques will be allowed to re-open. Masks will still be compulsory within the venue but no negative PCR test (in addition to the Pass Vaccinal) will be required.

From Friday 21st February 2022

  • There may be an easing of current restrictions in schools after the February/March winter holidays. This will be confirmed at a later date.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
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