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Covid 19



For all information on the new health measures and the COVID-19 coronavirus, we invite you to visit the dedicated government page https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus or the ARS website: https://www.ars.sante.fr/ or by calling the 24-hour toll-free number 0 800 130 000.

Wearing a mask outdoors
The wearing of a protective mask is no longer systematically compulsory on the public highway in the Pyrénées-Orientales from Monday 13 September 2021.
The wearing of a mask remains nevertheless compulsory for all persons aged eleven and over who are on the public highway or in places open to the public where the respect of physical distance can be made difficult because of a high number of people.

By prefectoral decree of 10 September 2021, the prefect of the Pyrénées Orientales decided that the wearing of a protective mask was compulsory from Monday 13 September 2021 for all persons aged eleven years or over who are on the public highway or in a place open to the public, in the whole of the Pyrénées-Orientales department, in the following places or activities
– the surroundings of nurseries, schools, colleges and lycées, at the time of entering and leaving classes;
– open-air markets, flea markets and garage sales;
– covered and uncovered sports grounds (the obligation does not apply to players);
– the area around railway or bus stations, public transport waiting areas (bus shelters), the public access area of Perpignan-Rivesaltes airport;
– the surroundings of places of worship at the time of ceremonies and services;
– gatherings, including demonstrations of a protest or festive nature;
– places where there is a concentration of people, in particular queues and areas where there is a lot of tourist or commercial traffic (shopping streets or very busy pedestrian areas);
– and more generally when a particular event generates a large flow or grouping of people that does not allow the physical separation measure required under Article 1 of the aforementioned decree of 1 June 2021 to be respected.

“Health pass
The “health pass” is compulsory for access to certain places, establishments or events, indoors or outdoors, without any notion of capacity, such as cinemas, museums, cafés, restaurants, hospitals, retirement homes, medical and social establishments (except in emergencies);
Long-distance travel by inter-regional public transport is also affected;
Since 8 September, the “health pass” is no longer compulsory in shopping centres in departments where the incidence rate is less than 200/100,000 and has been continuously decreasing for at least 7 days.

  • Where will the health pass be required as of Monday 09/08?

    Cafés, bars, restaurants
    As of this Monday, the pass is extended to cafés, bars and restaurants, both indoor and outdoor. The sale of takeaway food is exempt.

    The health pass is applied at the entrance of shopping centers of more than 20,000 square meters on prefectural decision, according to the decree published this Sunday, and if the prefect considers that “the seriousness of the risks of contamination” locally requires its application.

    Municipal buses, streetcars, metros, TER and RER are exempt from the health pass. Only long journeys are concerned: by plane, international trains, TGV, intercity trains and long-distance coaches. The SNCF promises a “massive” verification system. It can “take place anywhere and at any time”, says the group. The government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed that a person who would have booked a ticket but could not board because it would have meanwhile contracted the Covid-19 will be refunded.

    Source france bleu : https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/sante-sciences/covid-19-pass-sanitaire-ce-qui-change-ce-lundi-1628260504

  • What access in restaurants, bars and cafes from 09/08?

    From Monday 09/08, the owners of restaurants, bars and cafes will be obliged to ask their customers for a valid health pass. This obligation will also apply to consumers who wish to sit on the terrace of these establishments.

    The customers of hotels, camping or vacation clubs that have a bar or a restaurant will also be subject to the control of the sanitary pass.

  • Is wearing a mask mandatory?

    Yes, for anyone over 11 years old, except at the beach and in large natural areas

  • What are the sanitary measures in campsites and vacation clubs?

    From Wednesday 21st July the SANITARY PASS is compulsory for all new arrivals at campsites and holiday clubs with swimming pools or entertainment venues.
    It will be requested only once on arrival and will be valid for your entire stay.
    Minors are not concerned by the sanitary pass until 31 August.

    For campsites that only offer accommodation, the sanitary pass will not be mandatory.

    As a reminder, the PASS SANITAIRE is :
    A complete vaccination schedule :
    – 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines
    – 4 weeks after the injection for vaccines with a single injection
    – 7 days after the injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid (single injection).
    Proof of a negative test less than 48 hours old:
    PCR or Antigenic tests
    (self-tests are not valid).
    A certificate of recovery: A positive RT-PCR or antigen test result attesting to recovery of Covid-19, at least 11 days old and less than 6 months old.

    You can find more details on the health pass at : https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19

    We remind you that it is important to continue to follow barrier measures and to isolate yourself in case of symptoms.

  • Is the absence of a health pass a reason for reimbursement?

    “The cancellation of a stay in connection with the health pass by a customer does not in any way fall within the exceptional and unavoidable circumstances or force majeure. The general sales conditions and the Tourism Code should therefore be applied if a customer wishes to cancel his or her holiday by invoking the application of the health pass.”
    National Union of Tourism and Outdoor Associations (UNAT)

  • What are the health measures for cultural and leisure facilities?

    From 21 July 2021, the health pass will be compulsory in all cultural and leisure venues (theatres, cinemas, museums, amusement parks, festivals, concert halls, etc.) that welcome more than 50 people.

    To gain access to these places, people over 12 years old will have to present proof of non-contamination with Covid: certificate of complete vaccination, negative RT-PCR or antigenic test less than 48 hours old, result of a positive RT-PCR test, at least 11 days old and less than 6 months old, attesting to the recovery of Covid. It can be presented in paper or digital format using the Tousanticovid application.
    All staff in places where the pass is required for customers will also have to carry the health pass from 30 August 2021.

    Jaurès cinema in Argelès village: no health pass required (capacity reduced to 49 spectators)

  • Is the health pass mandatory for the open-air cinema?

    Yes, the control of the health pass is systematically done for the outdoor cinema for the +17 years old.

  • What are the control measures at the Spanish border?

    To deal with the virus and limit the introduction of its variants, border control measures are temporarily necessary between the French and Spanish territories and are detailed here: https://es.ambafrance.org/Covid-19-a-savoir-pour-tout-deplacement-entre-la-France-et-l-Espagne

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