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COVID: France plans legislation allowing extension of health pass requirement beyond Nov. 15

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The French government’s cabinet will review on October 13 a draft bill allowing it to extend, if necessary, the country’s COVID-19 health pass requirement beyond a Nov. 15 deadline, said a source close to Prime Minister Jean Castex.

The pass proves the holder has had the COVID-19 vaccine or has recently tested negative for COVID-19 or recovered from the illness in the last six months, thereby allowing the holder to enter places such as bars and restaurants and sports venues.

A fourth wave of the COVID virus, which first hit France this summer, is starting to recede but the government has nevertheless kept many COVID measures, including the health pass, in place as schools reopened three weeks ago.

Asked on Monday about the draft bill, Health Minister Olivier Veran told BFM television: “The law allows us to require the health pass until Nov. 15. After that we need to have a law that, without forcing us to use that tool, allows us to use it if the situation requires it.”

Veran also said French ministers will review the COVID situation in the country at a special cabinet meeting on Sept. 22, to assess “when and if there are reasons to ease some of the measures in place.”

Nationwide demonstrations broke out in France in August by those opposed to the COVID health pass, although the numbers of protesters have gradually fallen in recent weeks. 

Photo – A man wearing a protective mask walks by a clothes shops in Paris, France. EPA-EFE/YOAN VALAT

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