This is totally normal.
France banned eating and drinking at theaters, sports venues and on public transportation amid the latest Omicron surge.
The new Covid restrictions will begin on Monday.
Over the summer French President Emmanuel Macron announced that a Covid passport would be required in order to enter restaurants and theaters.
2022 in France: Fully vaxxed, masked and banned from eating and drinking in public settings.
No more munching, crunching and slurping at the movies in France: The country’s increasingly fraught fight against an unprecedented surge in coronavirus infections is putting a stop to eating and drinking at French cinemas, just as they are show signs of recovering from the brutal economic bashing of lockdowns last year.
COVID-19 measures kicking in Monday, once France’s New Year’s celebrations are out of the way, will mean an enforced rest for popcorn machines and ice creams left in cold storage. The ban of at least three weeks on eating and drinking also applies to theaters, sports venues and public transport.
As well as the food and drink ban, there’ll once again also be limits on crowd numbers at public venues, with no more than 2,000 allowed indoors and 5,000 outdoors. The limits don’t apply to election campaign rallies, infuriating some musicians who will no longer be allowed to perform for stand-up crowds. Some suggested, only half-jokingly, that may rebrand their concerts as political rallies.