According to the law, the health pass, whose extension goes into effect on Monday, August 9 for people aged 18 and up, will be valid in a large number of public places “until November 15, 2021, inclusive.”
As government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed on Friday, there will be a “break-in week” to allow time for professionals in charge of controls at the entrance to their establishments to “appropriate” this new tool. . It will be mandatory for students aged 12 to 17 beginning September 30. The children are completely exempt.
If there was any doubt about the gauges of certain places, which could have avoided the obligation of the health pass, the government cleared it up by announcing the end of these gauges. Here are the specific locations in question:
More gauges for recreation areas
The health pass has already been required at the entrance to places of culture and leisure (museums, cinemas, theme parks, festivals, and fairs) that welcome more than 50 people since July 21. This gauge vanishes, and the device will be used in all of these locations regardless of attendance.
The pass is also extended to cafes, bars, and restaurants, both indoors and on the terrace, as of Monday. However, many restaurateurs are awaiting the publication of the implementing decrees, hoping that terraces will be exempt from the device. Take-away food sales are already exempt.
Which businesses are concerned?
The health pass is required at the entrance to certain shopping centres “beyond a certain threshold defined by decree,” and if the prefect believes that “the seriousness of the risk of contamination” locally necessitates its use.
In terms of the threshold, the government announced in mid-July that only establishments larger than 20,000 square meters would be affected.
Show white paw in transport
The health pass does not apply to municipal buses, trams, subways, the TER, or the RER. Only long-distance travel by plane, international trains, TGV, Intercity trains, and long-distance coaches is considered.
Random checks will be conducted on platforms or in trains, with “sanctions” imposed if passengers do not obey the law, according to Gabriel Attal.
He confirmed that anyone who booked a ticket but was unable to board because they had contracted the Covid-19 in the meantime would be reimbursed.
The pass within the framework of work
Beginning Monday, the pass will be required at seminars and trade shows. It is also required for employees and public officials in places where it is required for their customers, but only until August 30 to allow them time to be vaccinated.
Those who refuse to participate risk having their employment contract terminated without pay.
Caregivers and professionals in contact with vulnerable people in health facilities have until September 15 to present a complete vaccination schedule. Finally, corporate catering and professional road and rail catering are exempt from the pass.
Hospitals and nursing homes
Visitors or non-emergency patients will also be required to show their feet at the entrance to hospitals and retirement homes in order to make health establishments “sanctuaries” in the face of the epidemic, as long as this obligation does not expire. The Constitutional Council stated unequivocally that it does not “obstruct access to care.”
“No one will be deprived of care according to the health pass,” the Minister of Health Olivier Véran assured.
And the pass will “obviously” not be requested “when you have an emergency or when you come to accompany a patient at the end of life, it is common sense,” said Gabriel Attal.
The penalties incurred
If a professional fails to control the health passes “more than three times in a period of 45 days,” the law provides for a fine of up to 9000 euros and a year in prison.