Tourists banned from bars and attractions as France introduces new Covid passport rules – .

Tourists banned from bars and attractions as France introduces new Covid passport rules – .

Customers who refuse to show the face of the ‘passe-santé’ are fined (Photo: Getty Images)

British holidaymakers visiting France risk being banned from attractions unless they have proof of a Covid-19 vaccination, or recent negative test, under the new strict passport regime against Emmanuel Macron’s coronaviruses.

The French health pass has already been compulsory in cinemas, museums and theaters since July 21, but it has now been extended to a wider range of venues.

How does the health pass work?

From Monday, August 9, the health pass will be required for dining in a restaurant, having a drink in a bar or café, including on an outdoor terrace, and on intercity transport, such as high-speed trains and domestic flights. .
However, it will not be required for the use of the metro system and suburban transport.
The new regime makes it mandatory either to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, to have proof of a negative test, or to have recently recovered from the coronavirus to have access to such sites.
Tourists visiting France will need to upload a digital QR code from the NHS on the French coronavirus app to prove their vaccine status or a recent negative test result.
Customers who refuse to show the ‘health pass’ are fined, costs start at £ 115 (€ 135) and can go up to £ 3,000 (€ 3,750), or a six-month sentence of prison for repeat offenders.
Businesses can also be fined £ 1,300 (€ 1,500) or temporarily shut down if they do not check customers’ vaccine passports before allowing them entry.
Fines can go up to £ 7,600 (€ 9,000) and a one-year jail sentence for any business that breaks the rules more than three times.
The health pass will be mandatory in France until November 15 and was introduced to avoid the need for new lockdown restrictions in the country.
President Macron hopes the rules will encourage more people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to help prevent new infections from the rapidly spreading Delta variant.
The president has used the TikTok social media platform in recent days to help spread the word, urging people to get vaccinated to ensure there are no restrictions.
In a video message posted on Friday August 6, he said: “Get vaccinated. To get vaccinated. To get vaccinated.
“It’s about being a good citizen… our freedom is worthless if we infect our friends, neighbors or grandparents. To be free is to be responsible.

Citizen protests

Since the announcement of the health pass, the vaccination program has grown in France with nearly 55% of the population now fully vaccinated.
However, the project sparked outrage among French citizens with thousands taking to the streets of Paris to protest.
Citizens have marched through the streets in recent weeks to oppose the project, arguing that the rules infringe on civil liberties and will fuel divisions in society.
Police in the French capital used tear gas to disperse large crowds protesting the new health pass for the third weekend in a row, while water cannons were used to ward off the thousands of people gathered on the Champs -Elysées and Place de la Bastille.
However, despite protests, the introduction of the health pass has led to an increase in vaccinations across the country.
In the fifteen days following President Macron’s announcement of the extension of the health pass to restaurants, bars and other public places, nearly five million people received their first dose, while six million received their second. dose.
The boost came after demand for vaccination declined for several weeks.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, NationalWorld.


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