Where is your health pass? Visitors to museums, cinemas and swimming pools in France will not be able to enter from this Wednesday if they do not present documents that prove they were vaccinated against Covid-19 or who have recently had a negative test.
The health pass, previously only required for large-scale festivals or nightclubs, will also be required from August to enter restaurants and bars and for long-distance trains or air travel. Authorities try to slow the spread of the virus and encourage people to get the vaccine.
The new rule shocked some people this Wednesday.
“I was very angry … I had no idea,” said Nelly Breton, 51, after being stopped at the Louvre in Paris. “But then I calmed down and understood that there were health reasons,” he said, adding that he would go to a pharmacy for a quick Covid test.
Servane de Landsheer, the museum’s head of security, said the first morning of health pass checks was going well, with most visitors carrying the document. Those who didn’t agreed to run a quick Covid test.
The introduction of the health pass – a QR code on your smartphone or on a piece of paper – it has been very controversial in France, generating protests across the country.