Health passport enters into force in France for entry into most cultural sites

“Prepare your documents to go to the cinema, museums or stadiums”: the French from today must present a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 or a negative test in order to visit most cultural sites at a time when the country is facing new rise in cases due to the variant strain Delta of the coronavirus.

With 18,000 new infections over a 24-hour period, “we are seeing an increase in the circulation of the virus of 150% in one week: we have never seen anything like this before,” French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Tuesday.

At a time when the French government is not hesitating to talk about a “fourth wave” of the epidemic and the mask is reappearing in many tourist areas where the epidemic seems to be reviving, the Health Defense Council is meeting today, the day the Compulsory use of the health passport in all places -cultural and recreational- where more than 50 people are gathered (compared to 1,000 that was valid until recently).

The use of the health passport is expanded from today before the relevant bill is adopted, which is expected to be voted on Friday.

According to the bill, the use of the health passport will be expanded from August and will be necessary for the entry of citizens in restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, clinics and medical centers, as well as in the means of transport when it comes to long trips.

Officials at cinemas, theaters, museums and summer festivals are torn between concerns about declining traffic and hope that this measure, which is currently for adults only, will not discourage many spectators.

In the meantime, the use of a mask in these areas is not mandatory at this time, “with the exception of the prefectures and the departments where there is a different order due to the epidemiological situation”, Veran announced yesterday.

According to Richard Patri, president of the National Federation of French Cinemas, the halls are “treated like the bad student”, at a time when no outbreaks of coronavirus have been reported.

In order to comply with the new regulations, the administrators of the Eiffel Tower, one of the world’s most visited monuments, require antigen testing from all visitors who do not have a sanitary passport. On both sides of the Tower have been set up tents where the tests are performed, which are free for the French and paid for the foreigners.

In terms of vaccination, which health professionals rely on to avoid putting too much pressure on the health system in this “fourth wave” of the epidemic, 56.6% of French people have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine. and 46.6% are fully vaccinated, according to official figures released Tuesday.

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