July 4, 2022

For Christmas, Jean-François Delfraissy calls to “limit the number of guests” and to be tested

“The parties can take place, but it is probably necessary to surround them,” said the president of the Scientific Council on Wednesday.

As the end-of-year holidays approach, while the fifth wave continues to gain momentum in France, the President of the Scientific Council Jean-François Delfraissy recalled this Wednesday that it would be necessary, like the year last, respect the barrier gestures and pay attention to the fragile people for the Christmas meal.

“The parties can take place, but it is probably necessary to surround them”, he declared during his hearing by the Committee of Social Affairs of the Senate, recalling that “the French were very reasonable last year”.

Vaccine, test before Christmas and barrier gestures

He thus calls for “limiting the number of guests” at the table that evening. Last week, Professor Arnaud Fontanet, also a member of the Scientific Council, advised on France Inter “rather 6 people than 12” on Christmas Eve, especially to pay attention to fragile people and to respect barrier gestures. It will be necessary “to verify that if there are elderly people there is still vaccination coverage,” says the President of the Scientific Council.

Jean-François Delfraissy also recommends “doing an antigen test on the Friday before Christmas or having a self-test done” on Christmas Saturday. “All of this” is common sense, “he says.

Thanks to the vaccination and reminder campaign, “we can spend the holidays” without new restrictions, declared on RMC Government spokesman Gabriel Attal last Thursday, questioned about possible future restrictive measures. “By definition nothing can be excluded, but what I am telling you is that today there is absolutely no reason to think that the French could not spend Christmas with their family.”

Salome Vincendon BFMTV reporter