Stopping in need of a lockdown or the addition of curfews as some different European nations have imposed not too long ago, France is introducing new measures to fight the unfold of the Omicron variant. Chief amongst them affecting the leisure trade is that consuming foods and drinks in cinemas can be banned starting Monday, January 3, for a interval of three weeks.
France recorded 100K new Covid instances on December 25.
While there have been no new capability restrictions added for cinemas, public gatherings can be restricted to 2,000 folks indoors and 5,000 outdoor. Concerts the place attendees stand additionally are kiboshed for 3 weeks; in bars and cafés, patrons must be seated.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex made the announcement in a press convention this night native time. Also probably coming into impact would be the requirement to be absolutely vaccinated to entry leisure venues, together with cinemas. This measure nonetheless must be voted upon by the French Parliament and, if authorized, would take impact on January 15. Currently, a so-called “health pass” is important to attend cinemas and different public actions, however it supplies the choice for presenting a adverse Covid take a look at — this latter aspect not could be accepted.
Castex tonight known as the general state of affairs in France “very tense” and stated the fifth wave of Covid was “far from over.” Vaccinations are “at the heart of our strategy” to “protect oneself, protect others and protect health care workers.” France is “in a race against the clock,” the PM stated.
In different new measures, the wait time between a second vaccination and a 3rd dose can be lowered to 3 months from the present 4 in France. Masks could also be obligatory outdoors on the town facilities, and work-from-home additionally can be compulsory for 3 days minimal, the place potential, from Monday. The introduction of a brand new curfew can be re-examined on January 5.
Added Castex, “It feels like a never-ending film, but we have made progress.”