France makes Covid-19 health pass compulsory for close to 2 million workers

The new measure means staff who work face to face with the public – for instance at cafés, cinemas or on public transport – are now required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative for the coronavirus in the last 72 hours.

It will apply to some 1.8 million workers across the country.

Members of the public are already required to carry health passes in order to access eateries and cultural or leisure venues.

While polls suggest a majority of the public supports Covid-19 health passes, their introduction has triggered angry protests throughout the summer, with tens of thousands of protesters staging rallies across the country on consecutive weekends.

The government insists the pass is necessary to encourage vaccination uptake and avoid a fourth national lockdown, with the unvaccinated accounting for most of the Covid-19 patients admitted to hospital.




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