This was another highly anticipated health defense council that has been held a few days prior to New Year’s Day. This Monday December 27, 2021, the government is to meet to study all leads possible to stop the 5th wave and curb the swift spread of the Omicron variant in the country. Several new restrictions have been made such as the return of gauges for major gatherings, the ban of standing concerts. But, no curfew on December 31st, nor postponing school start have been decided.
Another measure has been announced involving facemask-wearing. "Already feasible indoors [...] compulsory facemask-wearing will be extended and better complied with. Especially in all city-centers", Jean Castex announced this December 27 in a new press brief. The measure will come into effect from January 3, 2022.
For the record, several EU countries have already decided to make facemask-wearing outdoor compulsory again such as Italy, Spain and Greece.