End of the state of health emergency: what should now happen: Femme Actuelle Le MAG

Friday July 10, 2020 marks the end of the state of health emergency in mainland France (the health emergency law is extended until October 30, 2020 in Mayotte and Guyana where the Covid-19 virus is still actively circulating). An exceptional measure lasting 16 weeks, definitively adopted by Parliament on July 2 and justified by "positive development at this stage of the health situation"Faced with the possibility of a new epidemic wave and the fears of scientists, the government leaves the possibility of imposing new restrictive orders. As stipulated in the bill to which Parliament has given the green light, from July 11 to October 30, 2020 included, the Prime Minister can always order by decree several measures to fight against a resumption of contamination.

Restrictive measures may still be imposed

The Prime Minister thus reserves the right to regulate movement of people and vehicles and access to public transport. Wearing a mask in public transport will also remain mandatory up to 4 months after the end of the state of emergency, that is until November. Sanctions, identical to those provided for by the state of health emergency, are always possible in the event of non-compliance with the measures (fixed fine of 135 euros …). Establishments open to the public such as restaurants, cinemas and meeting places (barrier measures, etc.) can again be impacted in a restrictive manner, and gatherings and meetings on public roads and in regulated public places. Virologic testing may be required people traveling by plane between mainland France and overseas and between overseas. Passengers from an overseas community where the virus does not circulate are exempt.

What will happen now?

July 11 marks the end of the winter break: evictions from a rental are authorized if there is an operational rehousing option for the tenant by the start of the next winter break, November 1, 2020. This date also marks the return of the waiting period on sick leave for civil servants and employees who must, as before confinement, now wait respectively 1 and 3 days to benefit from compensation by sickness insurance in the event of sick leave. Energy suppliers are again allowed to suspend access to natural gas and electricity when invoices are not paid. Stadiums and racetracks are open to the public, with a maximum tonnage of 5,000 people. This gauge for large events, stadiums and performance halls is in principle in effect until September 1. A further review of the national health situation will be carried out in mid-July in order to decide whether a relaxation is possible for the second part of August.

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