France began restricting unvaccinated individuals from restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, and sports stadiums on Monday unless they had recently recovered from COVID-19 infection.
According to The Associated Press, the government is now asking persons aged 16 and older to display a “vaccine pass” before entering a variety of public venues. The motion was accepted by the country’s parliament and Constitutional Council last week.
According to France24, the vaccine pass cannot be required for entrance to political events.
The new push comes as the daily COVID-19 case count in France has reached its highest level in the pandemic’s history, according to data collated by The New York Times. The previous infection figures reflect the global expansion of the highly transmissible omicron form.
According to preliminary evidence, the omicron strain caused less severe disease incompletely vaccinated individuals than prior viral types.
Patients infected with COVID-19 continue to crowd France’s hospitals, but the number of patients in the country’s intensive care units has declined in recent days, the Associated Press reports.
While instances have been increasing in France since November, the country has mostly delayed implementing mitigation measures to focus on the vaccine shot, according to the news wire.
The new vaccine pass plan builds on France’s earlier “health pass,” which was necessary for admission to restaurants and a variety of public spaces, including public transit. The pass contained evidence of COVID-19 vaccination, recent virus recovery, or a new negative test result.
However, the Monday-implemented pass prohibits unvaccinated individuals from presenting a recent negative COVID-19 test for admission to numerous locations. According to the AP, unvaccinated individuals who have not recently recovered from the infection will be unable to activate the pass.