France is not Cutting off Food to its Citizens

There have been a lot of social media posts about the new restrictions in France cutting people off from buying food. That isn’t true according the the French Health Minister Olivier Véran.

Health Minister Olivier Véran told BFMTV on July 13: “We are talking about [asking for health passes in] big shopping centres… not supermarkets.”

France’s COVID health pass or EU Digital Certificate further accommodates those who are unvaccinated by also accepting proof of a recent negative COVID test or proof that a person has recovered from an earlier infection. These qualities are also valid for accessing public spaces. 

Vaccination is not immediately obligatory for everyone, but we’re going to extend the health pass to the maximum, in order to push a maximum of you to go and get vaccinated,” President Macron said in an announcement. The new requirements are intended to help contain the spread of the Delta variant, which has caused a surge of new infections in the EU.  They are not intended to punish or restrict those who are unvaccinated but to make public spaces safer for the general public. 

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