Covid France: the epidemic is starting again, protocol, what rules?

CORONAVIRUS FRANCE. +67% new cases in just one week. The epidemic starts again in September 2022 and this may be the beginnings of the 8th wave, which was planned for the fall. Company, school, test, isolation, contact case, travel: reminder of the protocols in force.

[Updated September 16, 2022 at 10:25 a.m.] The circulation of SARS-CoV-2 started to rise again in mid-September, after several weeks of improvement in the epidemic situation and the reproduction rate is again above 1. It may already be the start of the 8th Covid wave which was expected by epidemiologists in the fall . Positive people must always isolate themselves, a little longer if they are not vaccinated against Covid or if they have an incomplete vaccination schedule . A school, the Ministry of Education established, in connection with the health authorities, a graduation including a pedestal of measures and three protocol levels (green, orange, red). For September it is the 'base' level which is in force therefore no restrictions for students (no masque , pass the distance ...) and face-to-face course for all levels.

What are the Covid measures in September?

After validation by the Constitutional Council, the law ending the exceptional regimes created during the Covid pandemic was promulgated on July 31, 2022. Thus, since August 1, 2022:

  • End of health pass obligation in places where it could still be required (hospital, EHPAD, etc.)
  • End of the obligation to wear a mask
  • End of possible use of confinement and curfew
  • Dissolution of the Scientific Council Covid-19 replaced by a 'Committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks', placed under the ministers of health and research.

► Measures that persist or are in force:

  • Screening people cas contacts and/or showing symptoms Covid.
  • Isolation for positive people au Covid.
  • Sanitary certificate of travel. The government can request a negative screening test on boarding towards French territory and for overseas travel. This border test may be required until March 31, 2023 for persons over 12 years of age before boarding for French territory in the event of the appearance of a dangerous variant in a country, or in the event of a dangerous variant, it may apply to travelers from overseas territories, or to these regions in the event of a risk of saturation of the local hospital system.
  • Prolonged epidemic follow-up. Epidemic monitoring tools remain in place: SI-DEP , the national screening information system which centralizes all test results, is extended until June 30, 2023, and Contact Covid, which provides follow-up and support for infected people and their contact cases, is extended until January 31, 2023.

What are the Covid measures at school for the 2022-2023 school year?

To back to school , no more protocol at work or at school . The Ministry of Education established, in connection with the health authorities, a graduation including a pedestal of measures and three protocol levels (green, orange, red). For September it is the 'base' level that will be in force so no restrictions for students (no mask, no distance ...) and face-to-face course for all levels.

  Sanitary measures at'école pour septembre 2022
Sanitary measures at school for September 2022

What are the measures regarding the 4th dose of Covid vaccine?

The second booster dose is opened:

  • immunocompromised people, people aged 80 and over as well as all residents of nursing homes and USLDs who have received their booster dose for more than three months.
  • adults aged 18 to 60 identified as being at risk of a severe form of Covid-19, pregnant women from the first trimester of pregnancy, and people living in the vicinity or in regular contact with vulnerable or immunocompromised people as well as to nursing staff.

What are the measures regarding the mask?

Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory in any place in France: nor in the hospitals (except Paris AP-HP hospitals which maintain the wearing of masks in their establishments) or in nursing homes, nor in maritime, river, land and air transport . However, there remains strongly recommended :

  • in closed and crowded places and public transport (metro, train, bus, plane, etc.);
  • in large gatherings, including outdoors, for people who are fragile due to their age or their pathologies;
  • in the presence of elderly, immunocompromised or chronically ill people;
  • for fragile people (elderly or immunocompromised...).

It is moreover strongly recommended in hospitals and for the elderly. And if symptomatic and up to 7 days if in at-risk contact status or released from isolation.

What are the isolation measures?

For positive people with a complete and up-to-date vaccination schedule and for children under 12 years old : Isolation is for 7 (full) days from the date of onset of symptoms or date of positive test collection.

  Diagram of the rules of'isolement en cas de Covid
Diagram of isolation rules in the event of Covid and for contact cases

What are the Covid measures concerning contact cases?

A person in contact with a person tested positive for Covid-19 must be notified by the positive case or by Health Insurance (by SMS or by telephone). There is more isolation instructions for contact cases and the test instructions are identical regardless of your vaccination status. The contact case must perform a drug test  (RT- PCR or antigen test or self-test) 2 days after being notified by Health Insurance or by the positive person .

What are the measures for travel?

Since August 1, 2022, the border health control system has been lifted, in accordance with the law putting an end to the exceptional regimes created to fight against the epidemic linked to covid-19. Travelers don't have no more formalities to complete before their arrival in France, in mainland France and overseas, and the presentation of the health pass can no longer be required, regardless of the country or zone of origin. Likewise, no more justification of the reason for a trip departing from France, in mainland France and overseas, no certificate of leaving the territory is required by the French authorities to go to another country.

Covid-19: International travel, Ministry of the Interior.