A signal that the restrictions will be gradually lifted? The number of shopping centers of more than 20,000 square meters in France subject to the obligation of the sanitary pass will increase from 178 to 64 as of Wednesday, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire announced on Monday on BFMTV and RMC.
This decision was taken because of “the drop in the incidence rate observed throughout the country”, according to a government press release.
Except in nine departments
The 64 shopping centers that will remain affected by the pass are located in 9 departments where the incidence rate of the coronavirus has remained above 200 per 100,000 inhabitants, the ministry told AFP, especially in the south. east of France. These departments are Var, Vaucluse, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Gard, Hérault, Corse-du-Sud, Rhône, Seine-Saint-Denis.
“In the departments where the incidence has fallen below 200 per 100,000 inhabitants and where for a week the incidence has been declining continuously, we will abolish the obligation of health pass,” said the Minister of the Economy.
The departments for which this obligation will be lifted are those of Île-de-France (with the exception of Seine-Saint-Denis), four departments of Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Charente-Maritime, Gironde, Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques ), three from Occitanie (Haute-Garonne, Hautes Pyrénées and Pyrénées Orientales), three from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (Isère, Loire and Haute-Savoie) as well as Bas-Rhin, the government statement said.
“The Prime Minister decided that with (the Minister of Health) Olivier Véran we would sign the decree from Wednesday of this week,” said Bruno Le Maire. Apart from shopping centers where it “had an impact”, the health pass “protected the French economy”, as did “vaccination”, according to the minister.