The French National Assembly on Wednesday approved the creation of a COVID-19 “health pass” that people can use to attend sporting events, festivals and theme parks with large crowds, a very government measure. challenged to help reopen the economy safely.
The health pass, which goes into effect on June 9, will provide proof that a person has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, has a recent negative PCR test, or is recovering from COVID-19 and therefore has natural antibodies.
The proposal was initially rejected in the lower house on Tuesday night for fear that it would infringe on civil liberties, a rare defeat for the ruling party of President Emmanuel Macron, after the revolt of the centrist allies of the MoDem.
MoDem lawmakers accused the government of being deaf to the party’s red lines.
The health pass was approved in a second vote in the early hours of Wednesday after the government shortened the transition period during which it will be able to reimpose restrictions such as a curfew without Parliament’s authorization once the state of emergency in France has been lifted. June 2.
France has slowly begun to unwind a third national lockdown despite registering nearly 20,000 new cases every day and intensive care services still saturated.
On May 19, restaurants, cafes and bars will be allowed to reopen for outdoor service and shops, museums and cinemas will reopen. Three weeks later, places of worship and sports stadiums will be able to accommodate up to 5,000 people and foreign tourists will be able to visit the country.
Macron said the health pass, which can be digital or paper, would limit the spread of the virus at events involving more than 1,000 people. It will not be used for everyday places such as restaurants and cinemas or for access to public transport.
The bill now goes to the Senate.
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