Health Pass: the Scientific Committee to rule for a "temporary" system

Published by Laurent P., Caroline J. · Published on 4 May 2021 at 12h23 · Updated on 4 May 2021 at 13h09
French President Macron revealed – in an interview with the regional daily press – his four-step lockdown exit plan including the reopening of cultural places and more. And according to the first information about this scheme, the health pass could be required to access some events and other public places. A system the Scientific Committee ruled for in a decree issued this Tuesday May 4. Keep reading to find out more!

Is a health pass about to be instated to access some places? An idea that has been running among the government and it seems it is about to become part of the lockdown exit scheme presented by Emmanuel Macron in his interview with the regional daily press, and revealed this Thursday April 29, 2021 by our peers from Europe 1 and Le Parisien.

What does this scheme plan? That the health pass could be required to access some places and events starting from June 9. But it will “never be a right to access differentiating the French”, President Macron explains. He goes on: “It could not be compulsory to access daily places such as restaurants, theaters, and movie theaters, or to go to friends. But, in places mixing a lot of people such as stadiums, festivals, shows, or exhibitions, it would be absurd not to use it”.

In a decree issued this Tuesday May 4, the Scientific Committee has also addressed the use of a health pass as a system to resume activity while preventing contaminations as much as possible. The Committee yet states the pass but remain "temporary" and be accessible digitally: "The Scientific Committee consider the health pass - used in a temporary and exceptional way - can enable the population a sort of return to normal life by minimizing viral contamination risks", the report reads.

How does this pass work? Here again, the Head of State answers it will come “in paper or digital, on the TousAntiCovid application”, and “enable to show one is vaccinated or tested negative in the two days before”. This pass is planned to access some cultural places and sports places (museums, stadiums, and so on) which are limited to 5,000 people. We can think about some highly-visited cultural places such as the Louvre or even the Stade de France, Roland Garros or any other facility housing a sport game. A pass that is also planned to access shows and fairs scheduled in this period of time, as well as for tourists allowed to travel to France.

This pass could be also required to access, starting from June 30, “events including over 1,000 people indoor and outdoor”. A system that could enable to access different cultural festivals, for instance. It has been previously talked about during a meeting this past March 3 at the Elysée Palace as the government addressed life after Covid. They especially talked about conditions and modalities to reopen public places currently closed, such as bars and restaurants, as well as stadiums, and even show and concert venues.

The creation of the health pass had been already suggested this past February 25 by Emmanuel Macron during the first day of a video-conference with the 27 EU leaders. Instating this “health pass […] will raise many technical questions, about respecting individual data, about organizing one’s liberties”, the French President said. To do so, “we must prepare it now technically, politically, legislatively”, he added.

The French holding this “health pass” could then access public places reopen.

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Is France to soon instate a “health pass” for cultural places and restaurants? The idea has been raised by Emmanuel Macron this February 25 during the first day of video-conference with the 27 EU leaders.

An idea that has been dropped since then for this kind of places. Furthermore, the executive was studying another lead, namely QR codes instated at the entrance of some public places. The goal? Tracking and tracing likely contamination chains. According to Les Échos, the CNIL also approved the idea. Still according to the business newspaper, this system could turn out compulsory in places where contamination risks are high.

Last but not least, it was also about diverse experimentations instated to enable the reopening of theaters, show venues, and festivals. France is to host, this spring, three test-shows including one at Paris Accor Arena.

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As concerts are at complete standstill since March 2020, many people are wondering when show venues will ultimately reopen. So far, no one knows, but hope has sparked thanks to test concerts. This April 27, Le Parisien newspaper reveals the test concert scheduled at Paris Accor Arena might gather 5,000 people on May 29.

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