Covid-19: Does banning consumption while standing in cafes and bars make sense?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – The measure announced Monday by the Prime Minister was widely mocked on social networks. In terms of health, can it really be justified?

THE QUESTION. Carried by the Omicron variant, the Covid-19 epidemic now appears to be out of control in France. The number of positive cases detected rose from 84,272 Wednesday, December 22 to 208,000 a week later. In an attempt to stem what Olivier Véran describes as “tsunami“, A Health Defense Council followed by an extraordinary Council of Ministers were convened on Monday, December 27. At the exit, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a series of new restrictions. If the places of restoration escape any closure, on the other hand “to from next Monday, for a period of three weeks (…) consumption in bars and cafes can no longer be done standing, but only sitting down», Explained the head of government.

The provision immediately aroused mockery as much as a misunderstanding of professionals in the sector like many Internet users. Opponents of the government’s health policy did not hesitate to qualify this measure “absurd», Emphasizing its extreme precision which would make it both anecdotal and restrictive at the same time. And above all, in what way would standing be more dangerous than sitting?

Can this measure be effective? What are the foundations of the government to justify it? And can it really participate in an inflection of the contaminations curve?

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