France adopts a law extending the option of the health pass until July 31, 2022 – .

France adopts a law extending the option of the health pass until July 31, 2022 – .

The French National Assembly has formally adopted a law that will allow the government to require the use of Covid health cards until July 31, 2022.
The government could abandon the passes before that date, but the law allows it to impose the requirement at any time until that date.

The approval is part of broader legislation linked to the expansion of the country’s state of health emergency in its fight against Covid.

The legislation was passed Friday, November 5 by 118 votes to 89, with members of opposition parties opposing the extension of restrictions on health passes, accusing President Emmanuel Macron of “authoritarianism”.

The French Senate, made up for almost half of members of the right-wing Les Républicains party, on Thursday refused to debate the bill for the second time.

At first reading, senators tried to postpone the end date of the health passport to February 28, after which Parliament will effectively be suspended for the presidential elections.

The health card requirements were first made possible by a law passed in May, which initially allowed the use of the pass in public spaces such as restaurants, cafes and cinemas until November 15.

The new bill will serve to extend the possibility of using this measure until July 31, 2022, but that does not mean that it will be definitively applied until that date. If the situation allows, the health pass could be abandoned sooner.

This will depend on criteria including the vaccination rate, the positivity rate of the Covid tests performed and the number of Covid patients in hospital intensive care units.

Over the past week, the infection rate in France has risen above 60 cases per 100,000 people, while the positivity rate from tests carried out reached 2.8% as of November 7, according to figures from Public health France.

President Emmanuel Macron is to take a “point on the health situation” televised Tuesday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Read more: President Macron will provide an update on Covid in a televised speech Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

As long as the health record remains in place, the sanction imposed on any person caught falsifying or fraudulently obtaining a permit is increased to five years in prison and a € 75,000 fine against the current three-year sentence. prison and a fine of € 45,000. .

In addition to the rules of the health pass, the new law also allows the government to maintain its “plan to end a health crisis” (exit from the state of health emergency) which has also been in place since May.

This plan gives Prime Minister Jean Castex the power to ban or limit public movement, gatherings and access to certain places, including transport, cafes and restaurants, if necessary.

It is under this legislation that the wearing of a mask can be made compulsory, or that the government can decide to reintroduce confinement restrictions.

Finally, the bill voted on Friday will allow school heads to know the vaccination status of their students as well as the results of their PCR tests and the lists of their relatives.

This measure has met with opposition, some claiming that it “undermines the patient confidentiality” of students. However, the government argues that this will make it easier for teachers to deal with Covid epidemics and facilitate vaccination programs in schools.

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