Paris (AP) — France took a major step towards the post-pandemic future on Monday. Before enjoying restaurants and cafes or traveling around the country, we asked people to show a QR code proving that they had a special virus pass.
This measure is part of a government plan to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage slowing the outbreak of infection. This is because the highly contagious delta mutant currently accounts for most cases in France. In France, more than 36 million people, or more than 54% of the population, are fully vaccinated.
A special pass is issued to those who have been vaccinated with COVID-19, who have evidence of recent recovery from the virus, or who have recently been tested negative. This measure also applies to tourists visiting the country.
At the hospital, visitors and patients with appointments must have a pass. The exception is those who need emergency treatment in the emergency ward.
According to France’s Secretary of Transport Jean Baptiste Gebali, the pass is currently needed for high-speed, intercity and night trains carrying more than 400,000 passengers a day in France. It is also necessary for long-distance travel by plane or bus.
“We intend to implement large-scale management,” said Djebbari.
Paper or digital documents are accepted.
Meanwhile, the Paris Saint-Germain football club can accept spectators for the first home game of the season against Strasbourg in the French League on Saturday. According to PSG, the province of Paris has approved 49,700 fans at the Parc des Princes Stadium, and spectators are expected to show the virus pass.
Polls show that most French people support a health pass. However, the bill urged strong opposition from some who said it would jeopardize their freedom by restricting movement outside the home and daily activities.
Thousands of demonstrators protested against the bill on Saturday in Paris and other French cities for four consecutive weeks.
Virus passes have already been implemented last month in cultural and recreational facilities such as cinemas, concert halls, sports arenas and theme parks.
The law also requires French health care workers to be vaccinated against the virus by September 15.
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