Isolation, testing, attending events – What are the rules in France?

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Isolation and quarantine rules changed on 3 January 2022 depending on whether you have COVID-19 or you are a close contact.

What are the new isolation rules for people who test positive?

Isolation rules are the same for everyone who tested positive regardless of the variant (Delta or Omicron).

1- If you are fully vaccinated (with the booster required for the COVID certificate) and test positive, you must now isolate for 7 (full) days after the day symptoms started or the day they tested positive. This also applies to fully vaccinated children under 12 years of age who test positive.

However, you may leave isolation after 5 days if:
• you have a negative antigen or RT-PCR test result
AND you have not had any clinical signs of infection in 48 hours.

If you test positive or do not perform another test, you must isolate for 7 days. You do not need to do a day 7 test.

2- If you are not fully vaccinated (no booster) or not vaccinated and test positive you must isolate for 10 (full) days after the day your symptoms started or the day you tested positive.

However, you may leave isolation after 7 days if:
• you have a negative antigen or RT-PCR test;
AND you have not had any clinical signs of infection in 48 hours.

If you test positive or do not perform another test, you must isolate for 10 days.

What are the new quarantine rules for close contacts?

A- If you are a close contact and are fully vaccinated (booster required for the COVID certificate):

You no longer have to quarantine.
However, you must:
• strictly adhere to protective measures, particularly wearing a mask inside and outside;
• limit contacts;
• avoid all contact with people at risk of serious illness from COVID-19;
• work from home if possible.

Additionally, you must do an antigen or RT-PCR test as soon as you find out that you are a close contact, then a self-test on day 2 and day 4 after you were last in contact with the person who tested positive.

If a self-test is positive, it must be confirmed by an antigen or RT-PCR test.
If this test is positive, you are infected and must isolate.

B- If you are a close contact and not fully vaccinated or not vaccinated:

You must isolate for 7 (full) days as of the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive. You must have a negative antigen or RT-PCR test result to leave quarantine. If the test is positive, you are infected and must isolate.

May I attend gatherings and events in France?

Gatherings & activities (for three weeks as from 3 January 2022)
• Capacity limits have been reintroduced for large events: 2,000 people inside, 5,000 outside;
• Standing concerts are prohibited;
• Eating and drinking while standing is prohibited in cafes and bars;
Nightclubs cannot open to the public until after 24 January. This also applies to dancing in all establishments open to the public, such as bars and restaurants.

Protective measures

• Masks, which are already compulsory inside all establishments open to the public, are now also compulsory outside in certain towns.
• It is advisable to air each room for 10 minutes every hour.