masks, tests, vaccination pass… All you need to know about the lifting of health restrictions

The health protocol is constantly changing, between official government announcements and recommendations from the HAS (the High Authority for Health), making it easy to navigate. So here is the how to use health restrictions current and future.

In bars, restaurants, cafes, hotels and nightclubs: these establishments are subject to the vaccination pass (formerly sanitary pass), only people with a valid vaccination pass can enter. From the age of 6, until February 28, customers must wear a mask (surgical or FFP2) when moving around the establishment, including on the terrace. From hydroalcoholic gels must be placed at the entrance and exit of the establishment as well as in the toilets and on the terrace. Finally, the authorization of the consumption and sale of standing drinks accompanies the reopening of nightclubs (February 16).

At school

Level 2 health protocol will be applied in all schools from the start of the school year: February 21 for zone B, February 28 for zone A and March 7 for zone C. The level 2 protocol implies that all lessons, from the school elementary to high school, are given face-to-face. Reinforced measures ventilation and hand washing are maintained, as well as the wearing of masks indoors for staff and students from CP. Sport, on the other hand, is allowed outdoors and indoors, with the exception of contact sports.

In kindergartens and primary schoolsif a case of Covid-19 is confirmed, other students can continue to come face-to-face if they have negative self-tests on D-day, on D+2 and on D+4. From February 28, it will be sufficient to have a negative self-test two days after the case has been confirmed.

In colleges and high schools, students who have a full vaccination can continue to come to face-to-face if a case is detected, provided they present negative self-tests the same day, two days and four days later. From February 28, they will only have to have a negative self-test two days after the case has been confirmed.

With regard to unvaccinated students, with partial or at-risk vaccination coverage, they must isolate themselves for a week and follow the courses remotely. These students must present a negative PCR or antigen test at the end of the isolation period.

In company

Telecommuting is recommended in business. It is no longer mandatory and is determined by the employer. The Ministry of Labor also recommends that meetings be done remotely. If they are present, the mask is compulsory, as well as the rules of social distancing and ventilation.

In the company, hydroalcoholic gel, disposable paper and (surgical) masks must be available. Wearing a mask is compulsoryexcept for people alone in an office in their name or in the workshops when the ventilation measures and a distance of 2 meters between each person are respected, as well as the wearing of a visor.

For people who work in medical and care facilities, vaccination is compulsory, including for those who intervene punctually. Those who work in leisure activities, commercial catering, drinking establishments, fairs, seminars and trade shows must have a vaccination pass.

The rules to follow if you are in contact

If an employee is a contact case and does not have his complete vaccination schedule, he must stay at home and contact his doctor. Same thing if he has symptoms resembling those of Covid-19 (cough, breathing difficulties, etc.). If the person has a complete vaccination schedule and is in contact, it is not necessary to isolate yourself.
For people who have a complete vaccination schedule or who tested positive for Covid-19 less than four months agoyou don’t have to isolate yourself.

If you are concerned, you must immediately do a test (PCR or antigenic). If it is negative, you must then make a self-test two days later, and another at D+4. These self-tests must be distributed to you free of charge in pharmacies after your positive test (PRC or antigenic).

For unvaccinated people, without vaccination pass or immunocompromised, you must isolate yourself seven days from the last contact with the infected person and do a test (PCR or antigen) at the end of the isolation period. This test can be free, including for people who do not have a vaccination pass, if the person at risk shows the proof of contact case from Health Insurance (SMS) or by completing a sworn statement. If the test is negative, the isolation is over.

The rules to follow if you are positive

The health insurance contacts by sms (38663) or by phone all people who test positive, whether they are made in the laboratory or in the pharmacy. If you have been contacted, make a list of your contact cases and notify them directly or through the Health Insurance platform. If you need a work stoppage, you can go to the declare.ameli site.

The sanitary isolation protocol is different depending on the vaccination status.

If you have a full vaccination schedule or you had Covid-19 less than four months ago, you must self-isolate immediately after receiving the positive result. Five days after the onset of symptoms (if any) or after having your first test, take a antigen test. If it is negative and you have not had any symptoms for two days, the isolation period ends. If the test is positive or you have not done one, the isolation period ends seven days after the first symptoms or the first test. It is not necessary to do a new test on D+7. This protocol is the same for children under 12, regardless of their vaccination status.

If you are not vaccinated or do not have a complete vaccination schedule, the protocol is the same, but the isolation is longer. You have to wait seven days before the second test and the isolation increases to ten days if you don’t do it or it was positive.

If you still have symptoms after your isolation, contact your doctor. You do not have to stay in isolation, but it is advisable not to go out until symptoms have passed for 48 hours. If it is difficult to breathe, call 15 or 114 for the deaf or hard of hearing.

The conditions for having the vaccination pass

The vaccination pass applies to all persons aged 16 and over. It allows you to enter restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums, stadiums and public transport or to travel by train or plane.

For people who are between 16 and 18 years old, a vaccination schedule is complete from the second dose. It is considered complete for people over 18 who received their booster dose (2nd or 3rd) four months after the previous injection. A recovery certificate also allows you to have the vaccination pass. This certificate is obtained thanks to a positive result to a test (PCR or antigenic) of more than eleven days and less than six months.

Minors aged 12 to 15 are not subject to the vaccination pass but to the health pass, for which a PCR or antigen test is sufficient.

Where is the mask compulsory?

Although the mask is no longer mandatory outside, if it is impossible to respect the social distance of one meter, it must be worn.

From February 28, it will also no longer be compulsory indoors for places subject to the health pass. It will therefore always be imposed in public transport and in business for example.

However, Olivier VĂ©ran, the Minister of Health, on Wednesday considered the end of wearing a mask for adults and children indoors “in mid-March, if the hospitals are in normal operating condition, and if the circulation of the virus is very low”. Covid-19 “is not behind us, but It’s definitely improving everywhere, so that’s reassuring news.”welcomed the minister, recalling however that “there are still many patients in hospital, in intensive care and still far too many deaths on a daily basis”.

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