Waves hit and pass but never look alike. As the coronavirus epidemic is declining in France, the issue of easing restrictions pops again. This Wednesday September 22, 2021, the government met for a new Defense council. On the agenda, the famous health pass.
It could be eased off. Earlier this week, government spokesman Gabriel Attal stated they will think about the way to adapt rules. As almost half of the departments have moved below the alert threshold, it seems it is about not longer applying this precious door opener in places the virus spreads the least. Yet, easing the health pass could come in other forms.
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For instance, the restriction could be lifted in some places where the spread risk is lower. This is what has been observed before with the shopping malls as most of them got rid of the health pass as the health situation was improving. Among the leads considered, there is the end of the health pass on terrace or in outdoor places.
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But easing the health pass is not for now. During the report, following the Defense council, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the head of state, Emmanuel Macron, has asked for criteria to frame the easing of the measure, including the vaccination rate and the incidence rate.
Nonetheless, at the same time, it is also about extending the health pass beyond November 15th. Although it sounds contradictory, the approach can explain why the country is currently between two waves, and a fifth epidemic resurgence is expected this Fall.
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