In France, the coronavirus epidemic situation is escalating. Now, because of the spread of the Delta variant – more contagious than the previous strains reported in France – a rise in cases suggests the pending arrival of a fourth wave. To respond to the increase in contaminations, despite the ongoing vaccination campaign, the government has decided to instate thorough measures.
Therefore, on Monday July 12, 2021, Emmanuel Macron addressed the country to announce new restrictions. To encourage the French to get vaccinated as soon as possible, he announces the health pass is extended to more public places. A measure to be applied progressively, in compliance with a calendar.
Health pass extended: the calendar announced by the French government
This Monday July 12, Emmanuel Macron announced the use of the health pass is extended to more venues welcoming over 50 people, such as shopping malls, restaurants, trains… Measures are to be progressively instated over the summer. [Read more]
The second step is to start from early August. The health pass will be then extended to bars, cafés, restaurants (excluding terraces), gyms, as well as shopping malls. It will also apply to hospitals, retirement homes, medico-welfare establishments, as well as planes, trains, and coaches for long-haul journeys. It will not apply to public transit such as metro, tramways, RER or buses.
Last but not least, starting from early August, France reinforces border controls to travels from countries said to be at risk. Those who are not vaccinated yet are to self-isolate (quarantine).
For the record, the health pass is delivered to three conditions: negative PCR or antigenic test passed within the past 48 hours, proof of natural immunity or complete vaccination. Note the health obligation only applies to adults: for teens aged 12 to 17, it will be compulsory from late August.