The Covid health pass in France now compulsory in shopping centers in 32 zones – .

The Covid health pass in France now compulsory in shopping centers in 32 zones – .

Covid rules are tightened in several departments in mainland France which are the hardest hit by high Covid case rates.
The changes, which are to take effect immediately, were announced by government spokesman Gabriel Attal yesterday (August 11) and mean that masks must be worn in all indoor public places, whether a health pass is required. required to enter or not, and a health pass will be required to enter major shopping malls in these departments.

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The affected departments have a Covid incidence rate – that is to say the average number of cases per 100,000 during the past week – greater than 200. Currently, 32 departments are affected, mainly in the south of France, where almost all the departments have an incidence rate above 200.

Masks are not required by national law in places where the health card system has been in place since July 21, although many places across the country continue to require customers to wear them.

Mr. Attal also specified that in departments with an incidence rate greater than 200, the health pass will be mandatory for shopping centers over 20,000 m2. Previously, it was up to the commune prefects to decide whether the health pass was necessary for shopping centers.

The departments concerned are:

Bouches-du-Rhône, Haute-Corse, Corse-du-Sud, Alpes-Maritimes, Hérault, Var, Pyrénées-Orientales, Vaucluse, Gard, Aude, Haute-Garonne, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Alpes-de- Haute-Provence, Rhône, Gironde, Ariège, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Hautes-Alpes, Haute-Savoie, Savoie, Drôme, Landes, Lozère, Territoire de Belfort, Seine-Saint-Denis, Charente-Maritime, Lot, Aveyron, Lot-et-Garonne, Val-de-Marne.

Paris has an incidence rate of 193, so is not affected but could be soon.

The map below shows the incidence rate for French departments as of August 11 (departments may change later – please see for the latest data).

The departments colored in red have an incidence rate between 150 and 250, so some of them will be affected by these new rules.

Departments colored dark red (or brown) all have an incidence rate between 250 and 400, and purple departments have an incidence rate greater than 400.

The incidence rate of Covid in France, as of August 11, 2021 Pic:

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