Coronavirus: new measures applicable from 13 June to 15 July 2021

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Date:
14 Jun 2021

Newsflash

By:
Dorothée David

The Law of 12 June 2021 modifying the modified law of 17 July 2020 on the measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic (hereinafter, the “Law”) was published in Mémorial A no. 442 of 12 June 2021.

The law applies from 13 June 2021 to 15 July 2021 inclusive, and includes the following new provisions:

  • Protective measures for businesses 
  • Introduction of a Covid-check scheme applicable to establishments that are open to the public, gatherings or events to which entry is only allowed for those with:
    • either a vaccination certificate as required by the Law, with a QR code,
    • or a recovery certificate (“certificat de rétablissement”) as required by the Law, with a QR code,
    • or a negative Covid-19 test certificate as required by the Law, either with a QR code or certified in accordance with the Law.

The Law stipulates that the decision to opt in to the Covid-check scheme must be reported to the National Health Directorate (Direction de la santé) electronically in advance, and is subject to clearly displayed information. When informing the Health Directorate, the perimeter of the venue hosting the gathering or event must be clearly defined, and information must be provided about the dates or periods in question.

  • Restaurants, bars and company canteens: if the operator of the establishment has opted in to the Covid-check system, the conditions and restrictions imposed by the Law do not apply regarding welcoming members of the public.
  • Obligation for any operator of a shopping centre with a surface area of 400m2 or more that has a shopping arcade to have a health protocol approved by the National Health Directorate in accordance with the terms of the Law.
  • Exemption from isolation

The Law stipulates that people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid are exempt from quarantine as required by the Law following contact with someone who has been infected.

  • Access to work for health professionals

Healthcare professionals as defined by the Law are subject to the obligation to submit a negative result for a self-diagnostic Covid-19 test, carried out on-site, three times a week, when they arrive at their workplace. People who have been vaccinated, recovered, or tested negative are exempt from this obligation.

If somebody tests positive, or if they refuse or are unable to produce a vaccination certificate, a recovery certificate or a negative Covid-19 test certificate as required by the Law, they will not be allowed to enter their workplace.