French Parliament OKs Restaurant COVID Pass, Vaccine Rules

Thousands of protesters gather at Place Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower attend a demonstration in Paris, France, Saturday July 24, 2021, against the COVID-19 pass which grants vaccinated individuals greater ease of access to venues. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

(AP) — France’s parliament has approved a law requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and mandating vaccinations for all health workers. Both measures have prompted protests and political tensions.

President Emmanuel Macron and his government say they are needed to protect vulnerable populations and hospitals as infections rebound, and to avoid new lockdowns.

The law adopted early Monday requires all workers in the health care sector to start getting vaccinated by Sept. 15, or risk suspension. It also requires a “health pass” to enter all restaurants, trains, planes and some other public venues. To get the pass, people must have proof they are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative or recently recovered from the virus.


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