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July 15, 2021

France’s Covid health pass problematic for retailers

Clothing brands and retailers with a presence in France may find themselves facing new challenges as the government mulls proposals to block people not vaccinated against Covid-19 from shopping malls through the introduction of a Covid health pass.

By Hannah Abdulla

President Emmanuel Macron is considering a Covid health pass requirement from 21 July for people to enter places of leisure and culture in France.

From early August, the health pass will be required in bars and restaurants, shopping malls, hospitals as well as in planes and long-distance trains and buses.

In a tweet, Jacques Creyssel, the director-general of retail federation FCD said the proposal would “pose enormous practical problems”.

According to a report published by Reuters, Creyssel told a local news channel C-News TV: “The government did not want to make vaccination mandatory for all and puts the onus on private companies,” adding it was hard to imagine how anyone could stop a customer who needed to buy food or medicines.

He also raised concerns about getting everyone in the industry vaccinated by an early August deadline.

“We hope the law to be voted on will make clear that public authorities will be in charge of controlling access, because we cannot do this ourselves,” he said.

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