New virus law in France; Unvaccinated people banned from public venues

As per the new law passed by the government, unvaccinated people restricted entry to public venues of France, the parliament said. The unvaccinated people have been restricted entry to venues like cafes, restaurants, sports arenas, etc and the new law requires full vaccination to go to restaurants, movie theatres, museums, and many sites throughout the country.

The law was approved by the National Assembly by 215-58 votes. Centrist President Emmanuel Macron had hoped the bill would be completed soon, but it was delayed due to opposition from the right and left lawmakers and hundreds of proposed amendments.

The country has so far witnessed a vaccination rate of 91%, but the emergence of Omicron and reports of other virus variants create concern in the country. Macron’s government hopes the new pass will be enough to limit the number of patients filling distressed hospitals across the country without adopting a new lockdown. 

Although it is hoped that the French economy would get a setback after the fixture of law, taking the current situation, the decision to implement the law has been done. 

However, as per the current law, a Covid-19 pass has been required in France to go to restaurants, movie theatres, museums, and many sites throughout the country, but unvaccinated people have been allowed in if they show a recent negative test or proof of recent recovery. After the amendment, the law is getting changed and the law requires full vaccination for venues, including tourist sites, many trains, and all domestic flights, and applies to everyone 16 and over.

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Some exceptions could be made for those who recently recovered from Covid-19. The law also imposes tougher fines for fake passes and allows ID checks to avoid fraud. More than 76 percent of French ICU beds are occupied by virus patients, most of them unvaccinated, and some 200 people with the virus are dying every day.

Like many countries, France is in the grip of the Omicron variant, recording more than 2,800 positive cases per 100,000 people over the past week. This month January, the country has also reported the presence of virus variant ‘IHU’.