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Covid-19: How to stay healthy this summer in France

New videos have been released by French health authorities reminding people to maintain hygiene and social distancing measures this summer, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

As summer travel begins around Europe, the French government has released new videos reminding people how to stay safe and healthy while on holiday this summer, to avoid further spread of Covid-19.

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In one of the videos, there are reminders to wear masks, wash your hands with soap and keep at least a one-meter distance between yourself and others. 

At the end of the video, viewers are reminded they can call 0 800 130 000 for free for more information about Covid-19 in France, or visit a dedicated website:  

How to 'faire la bise' safely

A second video reminds viewers that it is not recommended to touch others when you greet them. This includes giving hugs, shaking hands, and kissing on the cheeks (giving “la bise”) when meeting others.

In the video, there is an example of how to “faire la bise” at a safe distance, along with a joke about how different areas in France give a different number of kisses in greeting.

Additional safety recommendations

Additional measures recommended by the government in France include covering coughs with your elbow rather than your hands, using single-use tissues and throwing them away after use, and avoiding touching your face.

(Covid-19 health measures advised by the French government, in English. Image:


How to prepare for a holiday in France

The health ministry has issued additional advice for holidaymakers via its Twitter account. 

Suggestions include making sure that you and your family are up to date with vaccinations before you leave on holiday. Additionally, holidaymakers should pack masks, hand gel, a first aid kit, and a list of emergency numbers. 

Those planning to visit the beach while on holiday are advised to take a rubbish bag with them to ensure all rubbish is thrown away safely, especially tissues and single-use masks.

Beach-goers are also reminded to keep a distance of one metre or more from others when choosing where to sit on the beach.

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