On June 16th, further easing of sanitary measures have been announced due to a significant improvement of the health situation in France.
This article will give you useful insights to understand the new health protocol as well as a panorama of the business opportunities to come... In fact, business in Paris Region has never halted and was maintained and stimulated throughout the health crisis thanks to national and regional recovery plans. A successful strategy, as shown by the recent EY 2021 barometer, which estimates the number of foreign investments at 985 in 2020, making France the leading country in terms of investment in Europe.
Paris Region Is Open – A Guide To Navigate The New Health Protocols
A Lifting of Health Measures
In the light of the rate of vaccination and the decrease in contamination, it was announced June 16th that the curfew would be lifted on June 20th.
Prior to this announcement, June 9th marked the 3rd stage of the gradual lifting of the measures, which specified: companies can decide the number of people allowed at the office as well as the number of days. Regarding the reopening schedule, cafés and restaurants can open their indoor spaces. Gyms are also allowed to reopen. Also, organizers have been able to resume their activities with 50% of the attendees up to a limit of 5,000 people. If the event has over 1,000 people, a health pass is required.
The lifting of the restrictions occurs in a context where, in France, around 30 million people have received at least one vaccine injection, which represents ca 45% of the total population (status June 14th. For updated info click here)
Health Pass: Your Key to Access to Major Events
Since June 9th, a temporary health pass has been introduced to help people return to normal life while minimizing the risk of contamination. The pass, available digitally through the "Tous Anti-Covid" virus tracing app or in paper form, provides proof that an individual has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or has tested negative with a recent Covid-19 PCR test.
This pass is required for participation in events with more than 1,000 people. Such gatherings include, large theatres, sports or cultural events, festivals, fairs and exhibitions, etc.
The French health pass can currently be used for attending large events and will facilitate international travel within the EU.
Opening Borders with Europe and Beyond
As of June 9th, the entirety of the European area has been categorized in green, which means that travelers currently do not have to provide a reason for travel within the EU. Borders are also open to foreign travelers from countries with no active circulation of the virus which includes Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea.
For more information on the situation and the new travel conditions, please visit the government website.
Open For Events, Exhibitions, Networking, and Further Opportunities
VivaTech: Showcasing Technological Innovations
It is notably thanks to these eased measures that VivaTech, the event dedicated to technological innovation and start-ups, is taking place at Porte de Versailles in Paris from June 16th to 19th. Like many other events, VivaTech will be a hybrid event for the first time. This means that conferences will be broadcast online, but visitors – mostly professionals – will still be able to physically attend the event. This hybrid aspect will only make your business grow by combining the physical experience with a 100% digital and immersive experience to attend the live conferences, discover the innovations of tomorrow, and partake in valuable networking opportunities.
More specifically, this year’s VivaTech offers:
- Virtual networking tables to exchange with other participants
- Customized thematic paths to guide you and help you discover our content
- Virtual showrooms bringing together the best of 3D modeled innovations
- The VivaTech Central channel, which brings together and broadcasts the best of the different sessions live during the 4 days
As a partner and part of the official program of VivaTech, Choose Paris Region broadcasts a workshop on June 16 entitled, “Corporates Are Seizing On Quantum in Paris Region.” During this workshop, "Open Innovation" as a key success factor for quantum start-ups will be discussed. It is also an excellent opportunity to hear useful advice from an American company that has successfully established itself and worked with French companies. The missions of Choose Paris Region and the Region's funding in the DeepTech sector will also be presented. The speakers include:
- Thomas FAUVEL (Choose Paris Region)
- Iordanis KERENIDIS (QC Ware)
- Chris O'BRIEN (Venturebeat)
- Hélène TINTI (Choose Paris Region)
Explore the Upcoming Exhibitions
To help you get around, the CCI (Chamber of Commerce & Industry) Paris Ile-de-France has developed a service to present the trade fairs held in Paris Region , as well as the exhibition centers in the Region and how to access them.
Our Team of Experts for Guided Support
Should you have any questions, our experts at Choose Paris Region would be happy to guide you and help you thrive in Paris Region:
- Smart City & Cleantech - Sevinç Ar
- Fintech & Financial Services - Claude Chevalier
- Mobility & Aerospace - Romain Erny
- Deeptech - Thomas Fauvel
- Creative Industry & EdTech - Daphne Lora
While it is true that the health crisis has not stopped business in France, the gradual lifting of health measures will certainly allow business to grow and peak even more!