Covid19 : France to tighten rules to curb the spread of Omicron
From Friday, nightclubs will be shut for four weeks and the government also called on citizens to voluntarily limit private and professional gatherings, while tightening requirements for mask-wearing in schools.
But France will not shut schools early for the Christmas holidays, as in Belgium, or impose tougher rules as other European countries have done in recent days.
The first deliveries of Pfizer vaccines for children should arrive around Dec. 13 and vaccinations would be available to all children from Dec. 20.
Only 25 cases of the new Omicron variant have been confirmed yet, but officials say the number could jump significantly in the coming weeks.
Italy also has introduced tougher restrictions for unvaccinated people amid concern over the Omicron variant and a potential spike in infections.
Several public activities will be off limits to anyone without a Covid Super Green Pass. This pass shows proof of vaccination, or recovery from the virus within the last six months. The pass will be necessary in order to enter theatres, music venues, sports events, restaurants and bars until mid January.