French Prime Minister Jean Castix announced on Monday that the country’s authorities are preparing a bill to extend the health permit requirement.
According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, the new bill to extend this requirement will be presented on October 13 to the Council of Ministers.
Commenting on the decision, Castex said that while it may seem contradictory to extend the health permit rule at the moment when everyone is talking about easing restrictions, citizens still need to keep a pass with them when attending certain venues to avoid a resurgence. In cases of COVID-19 infection.
The extension of the bill follows a proposal by President Emmanuel Macron, who said restrictions may be eased in some areas where coronavirus infection rates are constantly dropping.
The health passport was introduced again in June by the country’s authorities after Parliament approved a bill requiring all people within the country to hold a vaccination certificate, proof of recovery from illness or a negative coronavirus test result that was recently carried in order to access bars. restaurants, hospitals, shopping malls, planes, trains, etc.
However, the requirement for a health permit to access some public areas became fully effective in August, TheSchengen.com reports.
Although those with a negative test result taken recently are subject to the same rules as those who have been vaccinated or recovered from the disease, Macron suggested that everyone be vaccinated because it is more appropriate to provide a certificate of vaccination than to undergo a COVID-19 test every 48 hours. .
The “Health Card” is being implemented as part of the national reopening plan. It makes it possible to reduce the risks of the spread of the epidemic, to reduce the possibility of contamination in dangerous situations, and thus put pressure on the health care system while allowing certain activities or places to remain open in addition to the health protocols specific to each individual sector,” the government statement said.
Tourists are also required to keep a health card in order to allow them access to certain places and services.
In addition, with the exception of the adult population, from September 30, the health card requirement will also become mandatory for all young people between the ages of 12 and 17 who wish to attend certain venues and events.
Minors between the ages of 12 and 16 only need a parent’s consent to get tested or have the COVID-19 vaccine. Those over the age of 16 can decide for themselves whether they want to be vaccinated.
Based on the latest figures provided by the French government, about 50 million of the country’s population have received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19.