U3A Covid-19 Guidelines

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Capacity limits have been lifted for all public events and venues but you will need to present a health pass (pass sanitaire).

Please note that the guidelines also include the need to meet the requirements of the ‘pass sanitaire’ for crossing country borders and for using various facilities as follows:
  • Marquees, theaters, sporting or cultural performance venues, conference rooms;
  • Trade shows and exhibition fairs (by exhibition hall);
  • Outdoor establishments including zoological, amusement and theme parks;
  • Stadiums, sports establishments, swimming pools, sports halls;
  • Large casinos, arcades and bowling alleys;
  • Outdoor sit / stand festivals;
  • Cinemas and theaters
  • Monuments, museums and exhibition halls
  • Libraries, media libraries (excluding university and specialized libraries, BPI, BnF)
  • Sports competition
  • Other events, cultural, sporting, fun or festive, organized in public space or in a place open to the public and likely to give rise to control of the access of people.
  • Establishments of worship for events not of a religious nature;
  • Ships and boats, cruise ship type
  • In discos, clubs and dancing bars.
  • In fairgrounds, from a threshold of 30 stands or attractions.
  • Commercial catering activities (bars and restaurants, including on terraces), with the exception of collective catering or take-away sale of prepared meals, professional road catering (on the basis of a list validated by decree prefectural) and rail, room service in hotel restaurants and bars and non-commercial catering, in particular the free distribution of meals;
  • At professional seminars. For the latter, a threshold of 50 people will continue to apply, and the application will only be made if these seminars take place outside the company site.
  • Health and medico-social services and establishments for people accompanying or visiting people accommodated in these services and establishments (with the exception of establishments and medico-social services for children, or independent residences). This obligation will obviously be lifted in any emergency situation, or for the performance of a screening test. Also, people who have scheduled treatment at the hospital must have a pass, unless the head of the department [or other authority] decides otherwise if the requirement for the pass is such as to prevent access to patient care. patient within a timeframe useful for his good management
  • Long-distance trips by interregional public transport, except in the event of an emergency preventing the obtaining of proof. This therefore concerns domestic flights, TGV, Intercity and night trains journeys and interregional coaches not approved. The other modes of transport, in particular public transport, are excluded from the application of the pass;
  • To department stores and shopping centers of more than 20,000m², by decision of the prefect of the department, when their characteristics and the seriousness of the contamination risks justify it, under conditions guaranteeing the access of people to essential goods and services as well as ” means of transport accessible within the confines of these stores and centers. The check will be made at the entrance to the shopping center, and not at the level of each sign in the center.
Although there is an end to the obligation to wear a mask outdoors.  ‘In the Pyrenees Orientales the prefect has decreed wearing a protective mask is still compulsory in the following places or activities (see https://www.pyrenees-orientales.gouv.fr/Actualites/Coronavirus-Covid-19 for further details) :
  • Open air markets e.g. Swap shop;
  • Covered and uncovered sports arenas e.g. village halls;
  • Crowded areas where it is not possible to social distance at least 2 metres apart

If a public event takes place where entrance is controlled by presenting a ‘pass sanitaire’ the obligation to wear a mask is no longer applicable e.g. AGM

 Here is a summary of the government guidelines generally considered to be relevant to the U3A-PO:


HEALTH PASS (Pass Sanitaire) 

See the official page on the government website for the latest and most up to date information.

The pass must prove one of the three following items:
That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine):
Seven days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
7 days after the injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid (1 single injection).
OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 72hrs;
OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.
Passes can be digital (on the TousAntiCovid app) or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They must be presented in English or French.

The pass sanitaire is required for visiting Spain and these are the rules for entering Spain 


There are no restrictions on travel inside France.

The rules for travel to and from France depend on the country from which or to which you wish to travel, the reason for which you are travelling and your vaccination status.