The deputies of the Law Commission gave the first green light on May 4 to the establishment of a “health pass” for access to gatherings of more than 1,000 people, despite strong reluctance of some elected officials.
As part of the committee’s examination of the bill on the management of the exit from the health crisis, the deputies began on May 4 to consider a battery of measures which should make it possible to gradually exit the state of health emergency, without abruptly ending the health restrictions.
Among them is the creation of a “health pass”, which the government wants to put in place for large gatherings through an amendment. This sets to music an announcement made by Emmanuel Macron, on April 29, in an interview with the regional press. It has received the approval of the Scientific Council and would complete the “health pass” required at European level for travel abroad.
The government plan plans to “subordinate”, when the time comes, access to establishments, places or events bringing together more than 1,000 people to the presentation of the result of a virological screening examination negative for Covid-19, a supporting document. vaccination or attesting to the person’s recovery following contamination.
For the Minister of Health Olivier Véran, such a device aims to avoid the appearance of “cluster or supercluster” and “corresponds to an approach that we see emerging in many countries”. “[Sa rédaction] de facto excludes any use of a health pass for activities of daily living, “continued the minister, faced with the doubts expressed on all benches of the commission, including in the majority.
“No limit in discrimination”
“It looks like discrimination, for me it is a precedent”, thus put forward the “walker” Pacôme Rupin. “The text is not clear,” added Modem Philippe Latombe.
“We do not distinguish between indoor or outdoor gatherings”, for his part underlined LR Philippe Gosselin, wondering for example what was planned for pilgrimages.
“There will be no limit in the discrimination”, for his part predicted the LFI Eric Coquerel for whom such or such restaurateur will want to require the “sanitary pass” to subordinate access to his establishment.
Despite the unfavorable opinion of Olivier Véran, members of the majority led by the president of the Law Commission, Yaël Braun-Pivet, wanted to put in safeguards by amending the government project, to explicitly exclude daily activities within the scope of this future “health pass”.
The examination of the text must continue on May 6 in committee before it passes through the hemicycle on May 10.