France has now approved a bill that says that a health pass shall be required for all to gain access to restaurants, bars, trains, and planes, starting from August. In France, at establishments that accommodate more than 50 people (including museums, cinemas, and swimming pools), you are already required to show proof of vaccination, or a recent negative test report.
The bill was approved on Monday at the French parliament, which also mandates vaccinations for all health workers. The measures have led to protests in the country. But, according to the French President, Emmanuel Macron, the measures are required to protect vulnerable people as well as hospitals. This is also seen as a way to avoid lockdowns, and curb the spread of the virus.
According to the new law, health workers should start getting vaccinated by September 15. Otherwise, they risk suspension. For now, the health pass for restaurants, trains, planes, and public venues are applicable to adults, but it will also be applicable to anyone who is 12 years or older from September 30.
All you have to do is show paper or digital documents as proof of vaccination, or a negative Covid test report that was done recently. The law also suggests that the government will lay out rules as to how vaccination documents of foreign countries are to be handled.
As of now, the rules are applied until November 15, depending on the infection rates, and the state of the pandemic.
Macron recently visited a hospital in French Polynesia, where he asked, “What is your freedom worth if you say to me ‘I don’t want to be vaccinated,’ but tomorrow you infect your father, your mother or myself?”
He further said that protesters can express themselves in a calm and respectful way, and he reminded that these demonstrations will not make the virus go away.