France and Italy deploy COVID-19 health pass


Unvaccinated citizens of France and Italy will face stricter restrictions after authorities have decided to support the COVID-19 Health Pass for those attempting to enter or travel to restaurants, bars and hospitals. It is set.

In France, the country’s Supreme Constitutional Authority on August 5 agreed on most aspects of the new law requiring citizens to carry a special COVID-19 health pass starting next week.

Health passes are only given to those who have been completely vaccinated, who have recently recovered from the infection, or who have recently been tested negative for the virus.

The new restrictions will allow residents to access cafes, restaurants and, in some cases, hospitals only if they present their health pass.

The pass has been valid in France since 21 July for cultural and recreational facilities such as cinemas, concert halls and theme parks that can accommodate more than 50 people, but the new law has significantly expanded its scope. It is expanding.

The Constitutional Council also decided on Thursday that a pass is required for long-distance travel by train, plane, or bus. Associated Press report.

Healthcare workers should also be vaccinated against the virus by September 15, and hospital visitors have approved the decision that they also need a health pass.

The special court has overridden some measures of the law, including allowing only two hours a day to go out, which said it was against France’s freedom, including the automatic 10-day quarantine of people infected with the virus.

We have terminated the suspension of short-term contracts for those who do not have a health pass and accepted the suspension without compensation for salary employees with long-term contracts.

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Gesture of French President Emmanuel Macron at an online rally in Borm Remimosa, southern France, August 4, 2021. (Via Christoph Simon / Pool / AFP, Getty Images)

President Emmanuel Macron announced a bill in July, which was urgently speeded up through Congress last week as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country increased due to the highly contagious delta mutation.

However, opponents of this measure have accused Macron of trampling his freedom and discriminating against unvaccinated people.

A recent court ruling has sparked protests in front of the Constitutional Council in Paris, with hundreds blaming the ruling and more protests planned this weekend.

In a similar move on Thursday, Italian government officials also said that citizens could enter many public places with evidence of at least one dose of vaccine, a negative coronavirus test, or recently from COVID-19. Announced that it is necessary to show the recovery of the virus.

Starting August 6th, you will need a pass to reach the gym, pool, sports stadium, museums, spas, casinos and cinemas. A pass is also required for dining at the indoor restaurant.

A digital or paper certificate known as the “Green Pass” will also be required for travelers on trains, planes, ships and intercity coaches from September 1st.

Previously, it was only needed to travel within the European Union and access domestic care facilities and large wedding receptions.

Teachers must also show evidence of immunity from COVID-19 before entering the classroom and are not allowed to work without it.

Staff without a pass for 5 consecutive days will be suspended and no payment will be made. Reuters report.

“If you want to keep your business open, a green pass is essential,” Mario Draghi told reporters.

Draghi mandated health care workers to vaccinate in March, just one month after taking office.

“The government’s choice is to invest as much as possible in the Green Pass to avoid closures and protect freedom,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza told reporters.

Italy has been mostly vaccinated so far 60 percent of its population However, the number of cases and hospitalizations is increasing due to the spread of CCP virus delta mutants.

The country reported 27 coronavirus-related deaths against 21 the previous day on Thursday, while daily counts for new infections rose from 6,596 to 7,230.

With Associated Press and reports from Reuters.

Catabella Roberts