People visiting museums, cinemas or swimming pools in France without a vaccination certificate have been turned away after new rules were introduced to stop the spread of Covid-19.
On Wednesday, some people in France were disappointed when they arrived at certain venues, museums, cinemas or swimming pools, only to find that they had to present proof of their Covid-19 vaccination to gain entry.
“I was really mad…I had no idea,” A 51-year-old told Reuters after being turned away from the Louvre in central Paris. “But then I calmed down and understood that there were health reasons”, she said.
Servane de Lansdheer, the museum’s chief of security, told Reuters the morning had gone well and most people showed up with the health pass ready.
The gradually introduced ‘pass sanitaire’ will also be mandatory from the beginning of August for restaurants and bars and for long train and plane journeys. Until now, the pass was only needed for people going to big festivals or clubs.
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In an easing of restrictions, visitors will be able to remove their masks after gaining access to the venue, a move that has been criticized by experts. Companies that fail to apply the law will face significant fines after the grace period ends.
The phased introduction of the health pass, which consists of a QR code from a smartphone, which can also be printed on paper, has caused a stir in France, with thousands taking to the streets to demand that the government drop the policy. .
On Saturday, it was reported that as many as 114,000 people had gathered across the country to protest what they believe is an unjust encroachment on their private lives. Protesters chanted “Freedom!” and demanded that President Emmanuel Macron resign.
Macron, whose government has also introduced mandatory vaccinations for health professionals, has seen his popularity decline among 18- to 24-year-olds, but support has grown among retirees, according to a poll by the public opinion agency IFOP for the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche ( JDD).
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