End of the state of health emergency: What changes in Reunion from Monday
For 9 consecutive weeks, the indicators have confirmed a clear improvement in the health situation with an incidence rate now set below the 30/100,000 population threshold for several days now.
It is in this favourable context that the decree n° 2021-1328 of October 13, 2021 put an early end to the State of Health Emergency in Reunion Island as of October 15, 2021.
The Prefect of Reunion Island, in collaboration with the Regional Health Agency and in consultation with elected officials and local stakeholders, has therefore decided to continue to lift restrictive measures such as the obligation to wear a mask outdoors on public roads.
Although the end of the state of emergency allows certain restrictions to continue to be lifted, it does not mean that the COVID-19 epidemic is no longer present in the country. The virus is still circulating and the application of barrier measures such as vaccination remain the most effective means of combating any outbreak.
The collective effort of commitment to the vaccination scheme must therefore be maintained in order to continue to save lives, protect the most vulnerable, preserve caregivers and the healthcare system, and support the local economy.
What changes from October 18 at 0:00
End of the absolute obligation to wear a mask outdoors on the public highway
The systematic obligation to wear a mask on the public highway is lifted, except
- at public events where the density of people does not allow the recommended physical distance of 2 metres between people: fair markets, flea markets, garage sales, funfairs, festive or entertainment events on the public highway...
- in particular areas with in particular areas of a municipality where there are many people, which will be defined by the mayor in conjunction with the prefect according to the evolution of the epidemic situation in the municipality in question.
In these particular situations, it is still compulsory to wear a mask outdoors on the public highway.
Evolution of capacity in clubs and discotheques.
Clubs and discotheques will be able to welcome the public within the limit of a capacity evolving from 50% to 75% of the maximum capacity. The wearing of masks is maintained indoors and outdoors.
As a reminder, dancing in all establishments open to the public is subject to a health pass and to the obligation to wear a mask.
End of free tests
As of October 15, RT-PCR tests and antigenic tests will no longer be systematically paid for, as has been the case since the beginning of the health crisis. Only tests carried out for screening purposes will henceforth be reimbursed by the Health Insurance in order to maintain a reliable system for monitoring the epidemic, to ensure rapid detection and management of cases and to detect new variants.
Thus, in order to maintain easy access to screening for symptomatic people or those in contact with people at risk, they will continue to be covered:
- People with a complete vaccination schedule or a contraindication to vaccination;
- Minors ;
- Persons identified in the context of contact-tracing carried out by the Health Insurance and the ARS La Réunion
- Persons concerned by collective screening campaigns organised by the ARS La Réunion or the national education system in schools
- Persons with a medical prescription;
- Persons with a certificate of recovery less than six months old.
A fee will be charged for tests carried out in order to obtain a health pass.
What has not changed
Wearing a mask is compulsory in establishments open to the public indoors
Wearing a mask remains compulsory in enclosed areas such as the workplace, shops, transport and in any covered gathering place, including those subject to the health pass. This obligation applies to all persons aged 11 and over.
Gatherings authorised in public areas up to a limit of 10 people
Gatherings, meetings or activities are authorised in public areas (beaches, leisure areas, parks and gardens) up to a limit of 10 people.
Picnics authorised up to a limit of 10 people
Picnics are authorised in the open air up to a limit of 10 people. Caution must of course be exercised in the context of friendly and family gatherings that are conducive to contamination chains.
Standing concerts subject to a health pass are authorized within the limit of 75% of the capacity of the establishment in which it takes place.
Wearing a mask is compulsory indoors and outdoors.
Sports and cultural events subject to a health pass
Sports and cultural events subject to an authorisation and declaration procedure as well as cultural, sports, recreational or festive events are subject to a health pass.
Festive gatherings are restricted
Catering services, the hiring of tents and marquees for private individuals and the transport of sound equipment are still not permitted.
Ban on the consumption of alcohol on the public highway
The consumption of alcoholic beverages remains prohibited on the public highway and in places accessible to the public.
Support for businesses
Support measures (solidarity fund, partial activity, and exemption from social security contributions) are evolving with the recovery of economic activity.
The solidarity fund set up to help companies particularly affected by the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic and by the containment measures will cease to exist as of October and will be replaced by the "fixed costs" scheme. Applications for previous months remain open until 31 October 2021.
This system will make it possible to respond to the late recovery of certain sectors by compensating for fixed costs:
- 90% of fixed charges not covered by revenues for companies with less than 50 employees and
- 70% for firms with more than 50 employees
Aid in the form of repayable advances, subsidized loans and exceptional equity loans, set up to meet the cash flow and investment needs of companies weakened by the Covid-19 health crisis, remains active until December 31. Applications must be submitted before 15 November.
The Equity Loan for Recovery (PPR), which provides leverage for companies with development projects that need to strengthen their solvency , is now active.
The common law regime of partial activity (40% remainder to be paid by the company) will be applied to all sectors as of September 1, 2021.
Companies in sectors S1 and S1bis that are still subject to health restrictions such as gauges or that have a loss of turnover of more than 80% will continue to benefit from a zero remainder charge.
The state-guaranteed loan set up to support very small and small businesses will continue until 31 December.
Finally, as part of the deployment of the government's crisis exit plan, the first committee of which met on 14 October in the presence of the Prefect and the President of the Regional Council, the community of Sant'Egidio will be able to take part in the implementation of the plan.of the regional council, the community of economic support professionals, signatories of the national agreement, has mobilised to stand by the entrepreneurs of the region. The latter should not hesitate to make their possible difficulties known to their privileged contacts or through a national toll-free number: 0806 000 245.
The prefecture and the ARS remind all the people of Reunion of the need to :
- respect the barrier gestures
- go for screening at the slightest symptom;
- Respect the strict isolation prescribed to avoid the spread of the virus and its variants:
- at least 10 days when contaminated by Covid-19,
- at least 7 days if you are a contact case.
- Do not delay vaccination or wait 2 months if you have been infected:
- 2 doses for the Pfizer vaccine (or 3 for some people on the advice of their doctor)
- and only one dose for the Janssen vaccine.
Respect the injection delay of the 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine of 3weeks from the 1st injection.
Individuals are encouraged to receive a booster dose to reactivate their immunity and maintain a good level of protection:
- people over 65 years of age,
- people with co-morbidities at risk of severe forms,
- severely immunocompromised people.
- people who have been vaccinated with the Janssen
Since last week, the following are also concerned by the booster dose:
Given the increased risk of exposure and infection with Covid-19, the HAS recommends the administration of a booster dose to professionals in the health and medico-social sector, in contact with patients and among health transport professionals.
- the entourage of immunocompromised persons
To reinforce the protection of the most vulnerable persons against Covid-19, the HAS reTo reinforce the protection of the most vulnerable to Covid-19, the HAS reaffirms the so-called "cocooning" strategy, by recommending a booster dose in adults aged over 18 years, in the entourage of immunocompromised persons.
These people are invited to go to a vaccination centre or to their doctor, pharmacist or nurse:
- 6 months after the last Pfizer vaccine injection,
- 4 weeks after the single injection of the Janssen vaccine,
- between 3 and 6 months after the last injection of the Pfizer vaccine for severely immunocompromised people, on medical advice.