The government of France announced this Monday the reopening of the nightclubs in almost three weeks, on Friday, July 9, without the obligation to wear a mask, with a capacity of 75% indoors and 100% outdoors, but with the condition of presenting a negative test or a vaccination certificate.
The decision was publicly announced after a meeting at the Elysee Palace between French President Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the nightlife sector, who urged a reopening of the premises after 15 months of closure.
The only condition imposed on these places, in addition to the slight capacity restriction, is that customers present a document stating that they have the complete vaccination schedule or a recent negative diagnostic test.
According to the two largest unions in France, out of 1,600 nightclubs in France, 152 had definitively closed at the end of March 2021 due to financial difficulties and 25% have problems complying with the sanitary protocol, especially due to the ventilation system.
The standing concerts will return to France on June 30, they also agreed at this meeting, which was attended by the French Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, and the delegate minister, Alain Griset, in charge of small and medium-sized businesses.
The capacity will also be 75% indoors and 100% outdoors.
In the event that there are more than 1,000 spectators, a health certificate will be required proving complete vaccination (one or two doses, depending on whether or not the disease has passed) or a negative test, although the use of face mask.
This measure coincides with the celebration this Monday of the 40th anniversary of the Day of Music in France, for which a concert is planned in the main courtyard of the Elysee with the French musicians Jean-Michel Jarre and Marc Cerrone.