End of the state of health emergency: what changes from this Monday

In force since March 2020, the state of health emergency ends this Monday, August 1, but what does this change in practice?

While most of the health restrictions have already been lifted, the end of the state of health emergency, which comes on Monday, mainly has a symbolic significance. In particular, it leads to the integration of the management of the pandemic into common law.

The end of this exceptional situation now implies the impossibility for the government to put in place “measures limiting the freedom to come and go, the freedom to do business and the freedom of assembly”. No curfew or confinement planned without going past Parliament, therefore. Even chosen for the vaccination pass, and the border health pass.

New measures of “requisition of all the goods and services necessary to put an end to the health disaster” and of “price control” linked to the pandemic can no longer be put in place either. Another restriction disappearing with the end of the state of health emergency: the obligation to wear a mask in health and medico-social establishments. It is now up to the management of the establishments to decide whether to maintain it or not.

If we rely on the Public Health Code, only an order from the Minister of Health “in the event of a serious health threat calling for emergency measures, in particular in the event of a threat of an epidemic” could reimpose the wearing of a mask in the public places.

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