France might ease restrictions on well being passports in massive procuring malls – ministers

A man shows his COVID-19 health passport in a coffee shop as France imposes stricter restrictions requiring proof of immunity to pass on 9th 2021. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier

PARIS, Sept. 4 (Reuters) – France could relax health passport restrictions that affect the activity of large shopping malls if the COVID-19 epidemic situation continues to improve, Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Saturday.

“The health situation is improving. If this is confirmed, we can relax the rules,” Borne told France Inter Radio, adding that this could be decided “in the coming days”.

French retail group Auchan AUCH.PA said the introduction of a health passport in France in early August, which customers are required to show in shopping malls larger than 20,000 square meters, hit its store early in the third quarter.

France, where the daily average COVID-19 infection rate has slowed, is battling a fourth wave of the pandemic and the government plans to deliver a third vaccine to around 18 million people by early 2022, a health ministry official said Tuesday. Continue reading

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, Elizabeth Pineau; Adaptation by Angus MacSwan

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