According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, the new bill aiming to extend such an obligation will be presented on October 13 to the Council of Ministers.
Commenting on the decision, Castex said that while it may seem counterintuitive to extend the health pass rule at this time as everyone is talking about easing restrictions, citizens still need to keep the pass with it. them when they frequent certain places in order to avoid a resurgence in cases of COVID-19 infection.
The extension of the bill also follows the suggestion of President Emmanuel Macron, who said restrictions could be relaxed in some areas where coronavirus infection rates are continually falling.
The health passport was introduced in June by the country’s authorities after parliament approved a bill that requires everyone in the country to hold either a vaccination certificate, proof of recovery from the disease, or a result negative for the coronavirus test that was performed. recently to gain access to bars, restaurants, hospitals, shopping malls, planes, trains, etc.
However, the requirement to hold a health pass to access certain public spaces became fully functional in August, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Even though those with a recent negative test result are subject to the same rules as those who have been vaccinated or recovered from the disease, Macron suggested that everyone get vaccinated because it is more convenient to present a vaccination certificate instead. than undergoing COVID- 19 tests every 48 hours.
“The“ health pass ”has been put in place as part of the national reopening plan. It makes it possible to limit the risks of epidemic spread, to minimize the probability of contamination in risky situations, and therefore the pressure on the health system while allowing certain activities or places to be kept open in addition to the health protocols specific to each. individual. sector, “ the government statement reads.
Tourists are also required to have a health pass in order to access certain places and services.
In addition, with the exception of the adult population, from September 30, the obligation of the health passport will also become mandatory for all young people from 12 to 17 years old who wish to attend certain places and events.
Minors between the ages of 12 and 16 only need a parent’s consent to be tested or vaccinated against COVID-19. While people over 16 can decide for themselves whether they want to be vaccinated.
Based on recent figures provided by the French government, around 50 million of the country’s population have received at least a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.