Fourth wave of pandemics: France tightened corona rules

Visitors gather on an introductory tour of the “Grand Palais Éphémère” with the Eiffel Tower visible in the background. Image: dpa

France counted for the last time 18,000 new infections in one day. Anyone who wants to go to the cinema, theater or museum is now required to provide proof. Violations can result in hefty fines.

In the fight against a new corona wave, stricter corona rules apply in France. The country is currently facing a fourth wave, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Monday. This wave could rise “very high”, he warned. In this country of about 67 million people, well over half have received at least one vaccine. A first vaccination does not protect much against the now dominant delta variant.

From this Wednesday, a negative corona test or proof of vaccination or convalescence is required at the cinema, the theater or the museum. This applies as soon as more than 50 people meet. Tourists or other travelers to France from abroad can prove a complete vaccination, for example with the European Corona certificate on their mobile phone. A negative corona test should usually be no more than 48 hours old and can also be on paper. Violations can result in fines of up to 1,500 euros.

President Emmanuel Macron announced the changes last week. According to the Official Journal, other events or places such as trade fairs or certain sports facilities are also concerned.

From the beginning of August, proof will also be mandatory in the country for long-distance trains, bars, restaurants, shopping centers or hospitals. The government has passed a law on this matter. The exact date of the change has not yet been set.

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Tens of thousands of French people demonstrated against the new measures this weekend. The government justifies it with the highly contagious Delta variant. More than 18,000 new infections were measured on Tuesday, the highest level since mid-May. So far, the increase has not been noticeable in hospitals.

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