A few weeks earlier, the French were enjoying normal life again, hoping they were on the way to exit the health crisis for real. But the coronavirus epidemic is resurging. This time, the spread of the Delta variant is about to change things. Its spread is so swift it is now dominating in France: and even about to take over all the other variants reported in the country so far.
The situation can change in no time and transform this epidemic resurgence into a fourth wave. It could even be as big as the previous ones. Faced with such a threat, hopes are focused on vaccination. But to do so, the vaccinal campaign must escalate: the Scientific Committee has reviewed the herd immunity threshold upwards announcing that 90% to 95% of people must be vaccinated or have been contaminated to be able to take over the epidemic.
The government gathered this Monday July 12, 2021 for a health defense council, followed by statements announced during Emmanuel Macron’s address latter that day, at 8 p.m. President Macron then announced the Health Pass is extended to many public places over the summer. Anyone over 12 years of age must present the pass to access places listed below.
So far, it has been mostly applied to major events, to go to nightclubs, or take the plane, or go to venues welcoming over 1,000 people like stadiums or festivals.
In a decree issued this July 20, 2021 in Journal Officiel, discover the detailed list of places now subject to the health pass.
Starting from July 21, the health pass is required to access venues welcoming over 50 people:
At the same time, it could be also about charging “comfort” PCR and antigenic tests – that have been free of charge until then. Therefore, a non-vaccinee wishing to get to a place subject to the health pass will have to pay for the test. For the record, allow about €50 for a PCR test and €30 for an antigenic test.
Yet, there is good news: according to another decree issued in Journal Officiel, facemask-wearing will no longer be compulsory from July 21 in places subject to the health pass. Yet, prefects or organizers can locally decide to make facemask-wearing compulsory again.