In order to curb the 5th wave and stop the spread of the Omicron variant in France, the government gathered this December 27, 2021, for a new health defense council. Therefore, several measures have been decided such as the ban of standing shows, limited gatherings for major events, and compulsory facemask-wearing extended to all city-centers.
Jean Castex also announced drinking and eating will be banned in all theaters, movie theaters, sporting facilities, without forgetting public transit – including long hauls. The measure is to come into effect from Monday January 3, 2022, and will last at least 3 weeks.
The Prime Minister also announced standing consumption will be banned in restaurants and bars.