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Vaccine passports or a negative test will be mandatory in French nightclubs

Venues or gatherings with more than 50 people will be required to adhere to the new rules

  • Safi Bugel
  • 26 July 2021
Vaccine passports or a negative test will be mandatory in French nightclubs

Vaccine passports or a negative test will become mandatory to enter clubs in France, following a vote yesterday.

The legislation was approved by the Senate last night, with 199 votes to 123.

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"Health passes", which act as proof of full vaccination or a negative test, will now be required in order to access venues gathering more than 50 people, including nightclubs and cinemas. Mandatory health certificates for those using transport services and visiting cafes and restaurants will follow in August.

The new law will require people to be fully vaccinated or have tested for COVID-19 before they can visit certain spaces across the country. For settings such as clubs, cinemas and museums, the legislation has been introduced with immediate effect.

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President Emmanuel Macron pushed the measure as part of his plan for increasing vaccinations. He hopes that doing so will control new variants of the virus, and thus curb a fourth wave of the virus.

Other European states are expected to follow suit, including Greece, Italy and Austria, all of whom have extended restrictions over the past week. Last Monday, Boris Johnson announced that from the end of September, club-goers and those attending crowded venues in England will need evidence of two vaccinations.

Safi Bugel is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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