France Bans Concessions At Cinemas For Three Weeks As Part Of New Anti-Covid Measures

Chief among them affecting the entertainment industry is that consuming food and drink in cinemas will be banned beginning Monday, January 3, for a period of three weeks. Stopping short of a lockdown or the addition of curfews as some other European countries have imposed recently, France is introducing new measures to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.
Castex tonight called the overall situation in France “very tense” and said the fifth wave of Covid was “far from over.” Vaccinations are "at the heart of our strategy” to “protect oneself, protect others and protect health care workers.” France is “in a race against the clock,” the PM said.
In other new measures, the wait time between a second vaccination and a third dose will be reduced to three months from the current four in France. The introduction of a new curfew will be re-examined on January 5. Masks may be mandatory outside in town centers, and work-from-home also will be obligatory for three days minimum, where possible, from Monday.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex made the announcement in a press conference this evening local time. Also potentially coming into effect will be the requirement to be fully vaccinated to access leisure venues, including cinemas. This measure still needs to be voted upon by the French Parliament and, if approved, would take effect on January 15. Currently, a so-called “health pass” is necessary to attend cinemas and other public activities, but it provides the option for presenting a negative Covid test — this latter element no longer would be accepted.
France recorded 100K new Covid cases on December 25.
Added Castex, “It feels like a never-ending film, but we have made progress.”” />
While there were no new capacity restrictions added for cinemas, public gatherings will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors. Concerts where attendees stand also are kiboshed for three weeks; in bars and cafés, patrons will have to be seated.

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