A new wave is breaking, declared Mr. Castex at a press conference following an extraordinary cabinet meeting, affirming that France, where the threshold of 100,000 new daily cases was crossed for the first time on Saturday with, also , records of tests carried out, was engaged in
a race against time.
The use of teleworking
will be made compulsory when it is possible from the start of the new school year next Monday, at a minimum of three days a week, four when possible, he said.
To brake the Omicron variant which is fueling the rise in COVID-19 contamination, the Prime Minister announced the return of capacity limits, set at 2,000 people maximum indoors and 5,000 outdoors.
Standing concerts will be prohibited, the consumption of food and drink will be prohibited in all cinemas, theaters, sports facilities and public transport, including long distance, said Mr. Castex. Consumption standing in bars and cafes will also be prohibited. In addition, the wearing of a mask will be compulsory in city centers, added the Prime Minister, specifying that these measures would apply for three weeks and that a new health defense council would be held on January 5.
The postponement of the start of the school year, demanded by some, has on the other hand been excluded, the closure of schools being a
last resort solution, according to the chief executive. A curfew on December 31 was also ruled out, with Mr. Castex calling on the French to avoid
big parties and big dinners and to respect barrier gestures.
The head of government again insisted on vaccination,
key and decisive element fight against the pandemic, and announced that from Tuesday, the French could receive their anti-COVID vaccine booster, often referred to as a third dose, three months after their last injection and no longer four months.
The Council of Ministers, which followed a health defense council, adopted a bill transforming the health passport into a vaccination passport, confirmed Mr. Castex. If passed by Parliament, this text, which also provides for increased sanctions against
inadmissible, will apply from January 15th. The French will now have to prove a complete vaccination schedule
for access to leisure activities, restaurants and drinking establishments, fairs, seminars and trade shows as well as interregional transport, in particular rail, according to the bill consulted by AFP. Producing a negative test will no longer suffice.
COVID-19 has killed 122,677 people in France since March 2020.