Young French Minister of Digital Economy Cédric O presented the details of the pass and also explained a separate tool that will function as a digital logbook to allow people to check in in public places by scanning a code QR, and to be alerted if a Covid -19 case is detected at this location.
France is expected to ease Covid-19 restrictions further on June 9, with the opening of indoor areas for restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as the reopening of gymnasiums and other sports halls.
Mr. O detailed the operation of certificates and the registration tool in an interview with Le Parisien, published yesterday (May 24).
“I think modern tools can be used to simplify and improve the management of a crisis as exceptional as the Covid, in particular to ease the restrictions on freedom that come with lockdowns and closures,” he said. .
The health pass
This pass will serve two purposes. First, it will allow people to participate in certain large indoor events in France where more than 1,000 people are present. Second, from July 1, it will be used in conjunction with an EU-wide pass to facilitate movement within the Bloc.
The pass will be available in paper form or via the French Covid-19 Tous Anti Covid tracking and trace application.
The app already has a feature called ‘notebook’ where the passes will be stored in the form of a QR code.
Anyone who has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, tested negative via PCR or an antigen test within the previous 48 hours, or who had a positive Covid-19 test between two weeks and six months previously, will be able to obtain a certificate. to be stored in the “notebook”.
When the person goes to an event requiring the entry pass, they will need to present the pass on the app or on paper to security personnel. The security officer will scan the QR code and display either green for accepted or red for rejection.
Not all major events will require a pass for entry. For example, you won’t need to have one to enter an outdoor theme park. However, large indoor events with more than 1,000 people will only be accessible with a pass.
A full list of events that will require the pass will be released by the government in the coming days.
The pass will be accessible to all people over 11 in France.
Anyone vaccinated after May 11 will receive a certificate with a QR code that can be scanned with the All Anti Covid Carnet tool, to store the certificate on the app.
Anyone vaccinated before this date will be able, from May 29, to access their vaccination certificate, with a QR code, via the Ameli health insurance website.
The ‘carnet’ tool will also work in conjunction with an EU pass which will facilitate travel in the 27 Member States this summer. This system should be launched on July 1, and final approval of their operation should be given at the next meeting of the European Parliament, scheduled for June 7-10.
Read our article on EU travel certificates here for more information.
The registration tool
Another tool will be, from June 9, available via the Tous Anti Covid application. This will be called Signal and will be used to register in certain establishments in order to trace the spread of Covid-19.
The Signal tool is already on the Tous Anti Covid app but is not yet working.
Some establishments – the interior of restaurants, cafes, bars for example – will display a QR code at the entrance. Customers will be asked to scan the QR code using the Signal tool or complete a logbook with their contact details and the time they spend in the establishment.
This practice, in paper format, was in place briefly before France’s second lockout in October 2020.
The new digital tool will make this easier.
- Upon entering the establishment, the customer scans the QR code via the Signal tool
- It records the place, date and time of their visit
- The customer can leave whenever he wants without any other obligation. You will automatically be considered to be gone after two hours.
- Your visit information will only be stored on your phone
- If you test positive for Covid-19, you must report it on the Tous Anti Covid app
- Any user who reports that they are positive will trigger the application to send a code containing all the dates, places and times of their visit to public establishments to other users. Other users will be notified if they visited the same place on the same date at the same time (within two hours) of the person who testifies positive
- The information will be completely anonymous. It will not store your name, age, address, etc.
- If you spend time in a location where another client, who has tested positive, has been, you will receive an orange alert suggesting that you get tested for Covid-19, limit contact with other people, and monitor your symptoms.
- If you spend time in a location where three or more positive cases have been detected, you will receive a red alert suggesting that you immediately self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19
- All data is erased after two weeks
This registration tool will not be needed everywhere. For example, it will not be necessary to check in on terraces or well ventilated cinemas.
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