The government is continuing to extend an already existing health pass to cafes, restaurants and intercity travel, despite four weekends of angry protests that saw nearly a quarter of a million rallies across the country on Saturday.
Macron, who has expressed his exasperation at the protests, hopes the plan will help step up vaccinations and quell the fourth wave of coronavirus in France in a strategy similar to that of EU neighbors such as Italy and the United States. Germany.
The health pass is generated in a QR code either by a complete vaccination course, a recent negative virus test or a cure from Covid-19. The government expects a week’s grace period for consumers and businesses to get used to the new rules.
“The pass and the vaccination campaign should help us avoid new curfews and confinements,” Minister of Health Olivier Véran told the daily Le Parisien.
Veran announced slight changes in the rules – including that tests could have 72 hours, not 48, and also that self-tests performed under medical supervision would be allowed.