France’s virus pass now compulsory in restaurants, form France Paper People Ministry polls – .

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France’s virus pass now compulsory in restaurants, form France Paper People Ministry polls – .


The French are now required to present a QR code proving that they have a special anti-virus pass to enjoy restaurants and cafes or travel across the country.
The measure is part of a government plan to encourage more people to get vaccinated and slow an upsurge in infections, as the highly contagious delta variant now accounts for most cases in France. More than 36 million people in France, or more than 54% of the population, are fully vaccinated.

The special pass is issued to people vaccinated against COVID-19, who have proof of recent recovery from the virus or who have recently tested negative.

The measure also applies to tourists visiting the country.

In hospitals, visitors and patients who have an appointment are required to have the pass. Exceptions are made for people requiring urgent care in the emergency department.

The pass is now compulsory on high-speed, intercity and night trains carrying more than 400,000 passengers per day, Transport Ministry Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Monday. It is also required for long-distance air and bus travel.

“We are going to impose massive checks,” Djebbari said.

Paper or digital documents are accepted.

Polls show that most French people support the health pass. But the measure has met with strong opposition from some people who say their freedoms will be compromised, including by restricting movement and daily activities outside the home.

On Saturday, thousands of protesters marched in Paris and other French cities for a fourth consecutive week of protests against the measure.

The pass was already in place last month for cultural and recreational venues, including cinemas, concert halls, sports arenas and theme parks.

The law also requires healthcare workers to be vaccinated against the virus by September 15.

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