Coronavirus epidemic (Covid-19) – End of the state of health emergency and of the crisis exit regime since August 1, 2022

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Containment, movement restriction, compulsory mask… The provisions allowed under the state of health emergency and the crisis exit regime subsequently established to fight the epidemic linked to Covid-19 have taken end on July 31, 2022. The law of July 30, 2022 puts an end to these two exceptional regimes. However, it extends the files intended to monitor the circulation of the virus and makes it possible to impose on travelers a negative Covid test at the borders, under certain conditions. Service-Public.fr make the point.

The law repeals from 1er August 2022 the provisions of the Public Health Code relating to the state of health emergency, created in the spring of 2020, as well as the health crisis management regime established by the law of May 31, 2021. The measures that these two regimes authorized (confinement, curfew, limitation of movement, closure of establishments, obligation to wear a mask, sanitary pass, etc.) can no longer be taken, without the vote of a new law.

In order to be able to take the necessary and proportionate measures that a resumption of the epidemic may require, the law nevertheless maintains a monitoring and health security system in the fight against Covid-19. Thus, the SI-DEP (centralization of test results) and Contact Covid (identification of sick people and contact cases) information systems are extended until June 30, 2023 in order to monitor the epidemic.

The law also gives the government the possibility, until June 30, 2023, to request a negative test from travelers aged at least 12:

  • to France from abroad or to mainland France from overseas in the event of the appearance and circulation of a new variant of Covid-19 likely to constitute a serious health threat. This certificate may be required before boarding the planes. It may also be imposed on the personnel of the transport services concerned;
  • overseas from mainland France in the event of a risk of hospital saturation. Transport service personnel are also concerned.

The law of July 30, 2022 envisages the possibility of reintegrating healthcare personnel who have been suspended because they have not been vaccinated, when the vaccination obligation is no longer medically justified. The vaccination obligation may be suspended by decree for some or all of the personnel who are subject to it after a favorable opinion from the High Authority for Health (HAS). Seized by the Ministry of Health on July 18, 2022, the HAS decided against the lifting of the vaccination obligation for professionals in the health and medico-social sectors in an opinion of July 21, 2022

Finally, the scientific council set up in March 2020 and responsible for giving its opinion on the state of the pandemic and the measures to be taken has been replaced by a committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks made up of 16 members. This committee is responsible for monitoring the health risks related to infectious agents affecting humans and animals, environmental and food pollutants, and climate change, modeling the data collected and establishing projections and make recommendations.

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