Covid-19 Bulletin no. 55

Following the meeting of the Conseil de Defence Sanitaire on 27th December 2021, the French government made the following announcements at the subsequent press conference.

There will be no curfew for New Year’s Eve 2021. However, please note that Nightclubs will remain closed.
The 3rd (booster) dose of vaccine will now be made available 3 months after the 2nd dose. The delay between the second and third doses (or the first and the booster if you have had Covid-19) is now reduced from the current, recently announced, four months to three months only.
Schools will reopen on 3rd January 2022, as planned. The national return to school after the Christmas/New Year holiday will not be postponed and there will be no additional social distancing measures applied in secondary schools and lycées.
Working from home for 3 days per week. From Monday 3rd January 2022, for a minimum of three weeks where possible, home working for employees will be compulsory for 3 days per week, with four days recommended. This new measure will be applied for 3 weeks.
There will be an increase in legal sanctions against the practice of producing false Pass Sanitaires. “It is much more than a circumvention of the republican law […] it is a deliberate act of endangering others”, the Prime Minister said.
Restrictions of the numbers for large gatherings. For large outdoor gatherings, the new restriction is set at 5,000 people. For large indoor gatherings, it will be set at 2,000 people. These limits will come into force on 3rd January 2022 for a period of three weeks. Concerts and other events without seating will be banned for 3 weeks from 3rd January 2022.
Eating or drinking in cinemas and on public transport is now banned. From next Monday 3rd January, it will be forbidden to eat or drink on public transport – including long-distance transport – as well as in cinemas, theatres and sports facilities, again for a minimum of three weeks.
Unseated drinking is banned in bars from 3rd January 2022.  “Drinking in bars and cafés will no longer be allowed while standing up, only seated table service will be permitted”, as of 3rd January and for “three weeks”.

Compensation for businesses affected by the latest rules will be discussed with the Minister of Finance and announced as soon as possible.

There may possibly be changes to the length of compulsory isolation for contact cases. The French government will announce, toward the end of this week whether the compulsory isolation period for contact cases sharing a home with someone who has tested positive, will be lengthened to 17 days.

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).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.