May 22, 2022

Mask, telework, gauges … Sanitary measures that change on February 2

Faced with an improvement in the epidemic situation, the government announced on January 20 a timetable for lifting restrictions.

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on January 20 the lifting of most health restrictions to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic “during February”, in the face of an epidemic situation evolving “favorably”.

The first round of these new measures will take place from this Wednesday, February 2, with relief concerning telework, the wearing of a mask, but also a lowering of the gauges during major events.

• Telecommuting only recommended

“From February 2, 2022, the use of telework will no longer be compulsory but will remain recommended”, writes the government site.

Remote work had been made “compulsory” at least three days a week in all companies where it was possible at the end of December, in the face of an unprecedented progression of Covid-19 in France. This government recommendation only lasted a little over a month.

• End of the mask outdoors

AT Also from February 2, 2022, “wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory outside”. However, it remains mandatory for certain events bringing together the public outdoors, and indoors.

The government site also recalls that it is necessary “to wear a mask when the distance of one meter cannot be respected”, and that it is “imperative to continue to scrupulously respect” the other barrier measures: “ hand washing, regular airing of rooms, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, using a single-use handkerchief”.

• Waiver of gauges for events with a seated audience

The gauges put back in place on January 3, imposing at major events a maximum of 2,000 people indoors, and 5,000 people outdoors, “will be lifted for establishments welcoming the public seated from February 2”, explains the government page.

However “to access these places, wearing a mask will remain compulsory”, and the vaccination pass may be requested in certain cases.

• Other reductions in February

A second round of relief is expected on February 16: standing concerts can then resume, as can standing consumption in bars and restaurants. Nightclubs, closed since December 10, will also be able to reopen “in compliance with the health protocol”. The consumption of food and beverages may resume in places open to the public such as stadiums, cinemas and transport.

And “if the sanitary conditions allow it, the school protocol will be lightened at the start of the February holidays after consultation with the scientific authorities”, writes the government.

It should be noted that the executive reserves the right to reinstate certain restrictions if the epidemic does not evolve favorably.

Salome Vincendon BFMTV journalist