The rules for unvaccinated people found to be close contacts of a Covid case have relaxed in France today (March 21), following a further easing of vaccine pass and mask-wearing requirements last week.
Unvaccinated close contacts over 12 had until now been obliged to self-isolate for seven days, but from today they are released from that requirement. Vaccinated people did not need to quarantine.
Even as self-isolation rules relax, close contact testing rules remain in place. Anyone who has been in contact with a confirmed Covid case must take a self-administered, antigen or PCR test on the second day after being alerted regardless of vaccination status.
If this test is positive you will have to self-isolate for at least five or seven days depending on your vaccination statement. Assurance maladie will contact you with information on the steps to follow.
Please note that if your initial positive day two test is a self-administered or antigen test you will need to confirm the result with a PCR.
Some rules remain for close contacts
If they go out after being identified as a close contact of a Covid case, people must still observe certain rules.
- Strict observance of barrier gestures, most notably wearing a mask both inside and outside when there are other people about
- Limiting social contact, especially with vulnerable groups such as elderly people
- Avoiding all contact with people at especially high risk from serious forms of Covid
- Remote working where possible
These new measures concern everyone over the age of 12, including collège and lycée pupils, who can continue to go to school even if they are close contacts.
Children under 12 must also take a test on day two after being identified as a close contact.
You can read more about the new rules (in French) on the Assurance maladie website.
Case numbers have been rising in France for several weeks now, and the number of infections detected on average each day has risen from 65,251 last week to 89,002 this week.