This Thursday, January 20, at 7 p.m., Jean Castex held a press conference devoted to the upcoming lifting of health restrictions. Some of these measures will notably impact cinemas and therefore spectators.
After a health defense council which was held this Thursday morning, Prime Minister Jean Castex spoke at a press conference on an easing of certain restrictions. He thus unveiled a calendar made up of three dates which concern in particular places of culture, and therefore cinemas.
This is the date of entry into force of the famous vaccination pass, subject to the decision rendered by the Constitutional Council this Friday, January 21. As a reminder, this vaccine pass will be necessary to access the rooms. A negative PCR or antigen test will no longer suffice.
However, this pass will not apply to minors under 16, the age of “vaccination freedom” against Covid-19. Between 12 and 15 years old, they will always be subject to the health pass. They will therefore be able to justify a complete vaccination schedule or a negative PCR or antigen test to go to the cinema. As for children under 12, they will not be subject to any pass.
This will be the end of the gauges in places of culture with very high reception capacity such as concert halls. Admittedly, cinemas are not impacted by this system of gauges. But it is still important to note that from this date, wearing a mask will remain compulsory regardless of the type of establishment.
The consumption of food and drink will again be authorized in cinemas in the same way as in transport or stadiums. Spectators will then be able to find their confectionery spaces.
No date has been communicated regarding the suspension of the vaccination pass. As the Minister of Health Olivier Véran pointed out, this decision will only be considered if the hospital pressure is reduced significantly.