After adding test and vaccination certificates to its “AllAntiCovid” app at the end of April, the government announced it would add a “digital reminder book”. The Ministry of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises indicated that it wanted this “gradual reopening to be as secure as possible” and thus intends to improve its “contact tracing” strategy.
The concept is based on what was already done in paper form last November.
For example, restaurant visitors had to fill out a form with their contact details so they could call if they had dined next to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19. From June, you can scan a QR code at the entrance of the establishment or leave your contact details in paper form.
The General Directorate of Health (DGS) of France has stressed the importance of offering both options so as not to create difficulties for people without a smartphone. For smartphone users, the app will record the location on the phone “anonymously and encrypted,” the health directorate added.
If a customer in a restaurant or gym has crossed paths with someone who has tested positive on the app, the app will send a notification inviting the customer to get tested. The notification is orange if there has been exposure to the virus and red if a group of at least three people have contracted COVID-19 at the facility.
The DGS clarified that people who refuse to register their details or scan the QR code will be refused entry, explaining that “the restaurant owner is obliged to ensure that the sanitary protocol is respected, otherwise he is himself. even liable to sanctions ”.
“It will not be necessary to use a classic or digital reminder booklet on the terrace or at the cinema,” the cabinet of the Minister of Digital Cédric O told the newspaper. The Parisian.
Although it is currently “tested in a limited number of places”, the new function of the application should be deployed massively on June 9, the start of phase 2 of lifting the restrictions when sports halls can reopen and terraces. and restaurants will be able to accommodate guests indoors at 50% capacity. The curfew will also be extended until 11 p.m.
The Minister of SMEs Alain Griset and the Minister of Digital Cédric O will go to Rungis, one of the places where the new functionality is being tested, at noon on Wednesday 26 May to make an initial assessment.
[Edited by Luca Bertuzzi/Zoran Radosavljevic]