The French parliament has handed a invoice setting out what Covid measures will stay in place from August 1 after weeks of debates .
The invoice ends the opportunity of lockdowns, curfews or well being passes being reintroduced but it surely does give the federal government the choice to herald a requirement for travellers to current a destructive Covid take a look at end result to enter France in sure circumstances.
We reply 5 questions on what’s allowed and never allowed underneath the brand new invoice.
Why are lockdowns and curfews now not attainable?
The state of well being emergency that was declared in 2020 and extended a number of occasions will come to an finish on July 31.
This standing gave the federal government the opportunity of introducing excessive measures equivalent to lockdowns or curfews – measures that may usually be thought of an unlawful constraint on folks’s freedoms however can be utilized in emergency conditions, equivalent to throughout a pandemic.
As it’s set to finish, the federal government loses the opportunity of re-introducing these measures.
What about well being passes and vaccine passes?
The potential for introducing well being or vaccine passes to enter public locations in France additionally ends from July 31.
The federal government wished to retain the chance to make use of well being passes for worldwide journey till March 31 subsequent 12 months however didn’t win assist for this in Parliament.
As an alternative, the invoice introduces the opportunity of the federal government imposing a certificat sanitaire de voyage on travellers.
What’s the certificat sanitaire de voyage?
It’s a fancy approach of claiming a destructive Covid take a look at. If a very harmful variant of Covid seems, the prime minister, Élisabeth Borne, will be capable of introduce this “certificates” by decree.
Whether it is introduced in, it’s going to imply that each one travellers to France, no matter their vaccination standing, nationality, or nation they’re coming from, must present proof of a destructive take a look at to enter.
Particulars, equivalent to the kind of take a look at or how lengthy prematurely of journey it should be taken haven’t been outlined.
This measure, if introduced in, will apply to all travellers aged 12 and over.
The federal government maintains the opportunity of introducing this measure till March 31, 2023.
Are masks nonetheless necessary in hospitals, care houses and different well being services?
From August 1, the federal government will now not be capable of impose this requirement on folks.
Nevertheless, particular person medical services, equivalent to hospitals, care houses, GP practices, and so forth., will nonetheless be capable of set their very own guidelines on guests or sufferers carrying masks.
It’s due to this fact possible that many hospitals and care houses will preserve mask-wearing guidelines
Will unvaccinated healthcare employees be allowed to return to work?
Healthcare employees who are usually not absolutely vaccinated in opposition to Covid have been banned from working since October 2021.
At present, round 950 nurses and 75 medical doctors or pharmacists are nonetheless prohibited from working as a consequence of this rule.
This measure has been controversial since its introduction, and the talk about reintegrating these employees has additionally been heated, each in parliament and the general public sphere.
The brand new Covid invoice opens up the opportunity of unvaccinated well being professionals being allowed to return to work, though not instantly.
It is going to be as much as France’s Haute Autorité de santé (HAS) to determine if the Covid well being scenario is protected sufficient for them to be introduced again to work.
The HAS can both select to make an evaluation itself or be requested to evaluate the scenario by the well being ministry or different political or well being authorities.
The variety of each day Covid circumstances, hospitalisations, admittances to intensive care items and deaths from Covid are all dropping. Nevertheless with round 70,000 new circumstances per day nonetheless it isn’t thought that the HAS will assist bringing unvaccinated workers again to work within the short-term.