The French government has unveiled a slate of COVID measures to combat the fifth wave of the virus, requiring masks for indoor spaces and ordering all adults to receive booster shots for their health passes. .
Health Minister Olivier Veran announced the move on Thursday, outlining efforts to prevent virus deaths without hospitalizations and locking the country back down.
Starting Saturday, all adults in France will be eligible for a COVID booster shot, required until January 15 to ensure their health passes remain valid. People over 65 have already been asked to get their third COVID vaccine by 15 December. As it stands, health passes are required to access indoor venues such as restaurants and bars across the country.
Veran said the government will no longer accept a negative test taken within 72 hours of arrival as a substitute for a COVID pass. Instead, a negative COVID test has to be taken within 24 hours of admission.
Starting this week, masks will once again become mandatory in all indoor venues and outdoor Christmas markets for the festive season.
Despite the new measures, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer ruled out closing schools if they experience a Covid outbreak, saying that students would just need to be tested.
France has seen a surge in Covid cases in recent weeks, with 32,591 new infections recorded on Wednesday. Despite 76.9% of France’s population being fully vaccinated against Covid, the country’s incidence rate has reached about 200 new infections per 100,000 people.
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