Sports and Covid: rules at school, mask, gym

Sports rules have been relaxed. On March 14, 2022, wearing a face mask and vaccination pass will be abolished in sports halls, clubs, at school, for extracurricular activities. Protocol, rules, meters… Everything about the measures in force.

[Mis à jour le 24 mars 2022 à 11h32] The practice of sports is enlightened in France. Vaccination pass, wearing a mask, meter, protocol in the gym, at school during gym classes… Here are the rules so far, published by the Ministry of Sport and the latest announcements from Jean Castex about wearing a mask and vaccination pass.

What is the protocol in the gym?

“On March 14, 2022, the vaccination pass will be lifted where it was applicable”, Jean Castex, the Prime Minister, announced on TF1’s 1pm news. The vaccination pass since Monday 14 March 2022 no longer necessary at the entrance of the sports halls. Wearing a mouth cap is no longer mandatory inside the sports halls.

Is wearing a mask mandatory when exercising?

Since March 14, 2022, the obligation to wear a mask has been lifted everywhere, logically in sports halls or clubs. It is also not mandatory at outdoor sports locations.

Is the vaccination pass mandatory for sports?

Since March 14, 2022, the vaccination pass is no longer required for persons aged 16 and older and the health pass for young people aged 12 to 15 years in closed places such as:

ERP PA: Establishment open to the public (stadium, tennis court, football field, outdoor pools, racecourses, etc.)

ERPX: Enclosed and covered sports facility, sports hall, omni sports hall, ice rink, carousel, indoor, conversion or mixed swimming pool, multipurpose sports hall of less than 1,200 m² or with a ceiling height of more than 6.50 m.

Since March 14, 2022
Persons over 16 years of age (including elite athletes and professional athletes) End of the vaccination pass requirement for access to ERP X and PA, except for non-declarable or prefectural permits organized in public spaces
Minors from 12 to 15 years (inclusive) End of health pass requirement for access to ERP X and PA except for activities not subject to declaration or prefectural permit organized in public areas
Minors under 12 years old No sanitary pass is shown
Volunteers from 16 years old End of the obligation to show the vaccination pass

What is the protocol for sports at school?

Physical and sporting activities are allowed indoors and outdoors

According to the FAQ of the Ministry of National Education, since March 14, 2022, the health protocol has been moved to level 1 / green level for all schools and educational institutions in the national territory. In particular, this transition to level 1 includes:

  • the end of the obligation to limit mixing between groups of students;
  • the end of restrictions for practicing physical and sporting activities : physical and sporting activities are allowed indoors and outdoors
  • measures regarding hand washing, ventilation and surface disinfection are maintained.

The sports facilities of the local authorities can be used for physical and sports activities during school time. From March 14, 2022, indoor contact sports and swimming pool activities may take place.

The use of changing rooms for PE is permitted, with due observance of the sanitary measures in force and with particular attention to the ventilation of the rooms. It is advisable, if possible, to give preference to the use of individual changing rooms

Where are the meters?

Since February 2, 2022 there are no more meters in establishments open to seated public (stadiums, concert halls, theaters, etc.) for practitioners and spectators.

Which rules for children?

Since March 14, the distribution of the health pass is no longer obligated in front of access to sports equipment, in front of practice in a club and in the competitions† It is not compulsory for sports practiced at school (EPS classes, gymnasiums, swimming pools, etc.) as schools are not subject to the presentation of the health card.

What rules at the pool?

Since June 9, 2021, the pools are open. They are accessible on presentation of a health card (until March 14) for people aged 12 and older. The collective changing rooms on the site are open and there is no maximum size limit.

Can we exercise after an anti-Covid vaccine?

Like all vaccines, Covid vaccines are linked to: a risk of side effects after the injection and require: some precautions† For example, you need: take into account the fatigue that may occur after the injection (from the primary vaccination course or the booster dose)† And avoid very intense sports on the day of vaccination.


– Health Decrees applicable to sport from February 28, 2022. Ministry of Sport.

– Resumption of sport: everything that is possible alone or in a club,, August 31, 2020