Covid-19: Vaccinated people can drop the mask under certain conditions

Covid-19: Vaccinated people can drop the mask under certain conditions

According to the High Council of Public Health (HCSP), people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can abandon the mask in closed, private indoor environments. They should only keep it in the community.

In a “private family or friend setting” in a closed environment, people can remove their mask “if they have all received a complete vaccination regimen”. Compliance with other barrier measures (hand washing, distancing, ventilation and limiting the number of people to six) remains necessary. It is therefore still out of the question to participate in large gatherings.

Barrier measures are still essential

This recommendation does not apply if one of the persons concerned is not fully vaccinated or is a person at risk of coronavirus. In collective settings and public places, the HCSP recommends to continue to respect the barrier measures, including wearing a mask and limiting movement.

The “caution” remains topical, underlines the HCSP in an opinion published this Sunday on the adaptation of barrier measures. Indeed, the situation at the national level remains “unfavorable”, the country is under a “hospital saturation” and it remains impossible “to assess the risk for people who have benefited from a complete vaccination scheme to contaminate other people”.

A gradual return to social life thanks to vaccination

For the HCSP, “educational communication campaigns” would be necessary to explain the importance of barrier measures to vaccinated persons. It also recommends “promoting clinical and microbiological follow-up studies” of vaccinated persons to assess the risk of infection through exposure to infected persons and the risk of transmission.

The intensification of the vaccination campaign should “allow the gradual resumption of social and economic life in the second half of 2021,” the High Council concludes. This opinion, validated on April 11, had been requested by the Directorate General of Health.