The controversial bill establishing the vaccine pass was adopted at the final reading in the National Assembly on January 16. How will it turn out in theaters? We take stock.
After two weeks of debate and numerous controversies, the bill establishing the vaccination pass was adopted by Parliament on Sunday January 16. Already announced on December 27, this project will have an impact on cinemas in particular.
Spectators will therefore have to show a vaccination pass to access the rooms. A negative PCR or antigen test will no longer suffice. Cinemas will therefore no longer be accessible to non-vaccinated people from January 20.
However, the vaccination pass will not apply to minors under the age of 16. Between 12 and 15 years old, they will always be subject to the health pass. They will therefore always be able to justify a complete vaccination schedule or a negative PCR or antigen test to go to the cinema.
Indeed, 16 years is the age of “vaccination freedom” against Covid-19. You no longer need parental permission to get vaccinated. As for children under 12, they will not be subject to any pass.
It should also be noted that the persons in charge of control may request proof of identity in the event of suspicion of fraud. A simple “official document with his photograph”, such as a vital card, could be enough.
The identity of customers can only be verified “when there are serious reasons to believe that the document presented is not authentic and does not belong to the right person”. For using someone else’s pass, the fine will now be 1,500 euros instead of 135. Possession of a fake vaccination pass will be punishable by 5 years in prison and a fine of 75,0000 euros .
The deadline of January 20 could be delayed because elected officials intend to seize the Constitutional Council to contest this and “guarantee respect for fundamental freedoms.” The promulgation of the bill therefore risks being delayed by a few days.
“The advances we had obtained do not appear in the final text, in particular the abolition of identity checks. An unbearable attack on freedoms. We are going to seize the Constitutional Council”, hammered on Twitter the president of the socialist group in the Senate Patrick Kanner.