On the occasion of a working meeting with the President of the Republic and representatives of companies of the nightlife world, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture and Alain Griset, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery, Head of Small and Medium Enterprises announced that concerts or festivals in standing configuration will be able to resume on 30 June and that discotheques can reopen from the July 9 next.

  1. For discos:

This reopening will be accompanied by a sector-specific health protocol, which has been discussed and coordinated with representatives of the sector, which provides for:

  • submission of a health pass (complete vaccination regimen or negative PCR/antigen test less than 48 hours or positive RT-PCR or antigen test attesting to the recovery of Covid-19, at least 15 days and less than 6 months old) to enter the establishment;
  • the absence of any obligation to wear a mask in view of the health pass (it will only be recommended);
  • a 75% gauge for indoor and 100% outdoor discos;
  • the mandatory download and activation of TousAntiCovid Signal, the digital reminder book.

These rules will be applied during the summer. A stage point with discotheques and nightlife professionals will be held in mid-September to assess possible changes in the conditions of access to discotheques.

The Government is aware that the reopening of discotheques with a strict protocol will have impacts on the resumption of activity of operators. These modalities, the fruit of consultation with professionals in the sector, are the only ones that allow us to commit to a sustainable reopening of establishments and secure for customers and managers.

The aid to which these actors have access will be maintained for establishments that will not be able to reopen during the summer. Those that reopen will fall under the common law system, that is to say they will benefit from a gradual exit adapted to their activity at the time of recovery. They will continue to benefit from the fixed cost mechanism. A progress point will be made at the end of August to assess the need to maintain or adapt aid for certain sectors, including discotheques.

 

  1. For standing-up concerts and festivals:
  • they will be able to resume from June 30, the date that was initially announced
  • a 75% gauge will apply indoors; outdoors the gauge will be 100%;
  • A health pass will be required from 1.000 spectators, whether it is the outdoors or concerts in theatres;
  • the wearing of the mask will be mandatory when the number of spectators is less than 1000, whether in the open air or in the cinema
  • When the health pass applies, wearing the mask will not be mandatory but will remain recommended. 
  • A progress point will be made in mid-September to evaluate the possible evolutions of this framework for the autumn concerts.
  • Operators and organisers will have access to the appropriate system of transversal aid (solidarity fund, fixed costs, partial activity) until the end of August, for companies whose activity will not normally resume. Like other sectors whose recovery has not been possible under optimal conditions, a progress point will be made at the end of August to assess the need to maintain and/or adapt cross-cutting aid.