France’s health passports went into effect Monday, just days after thousands took to the streets to protest a mandate that only allows the vaccinated or those who’ve tested negative for COVID-19 to go to shopping centers, restaurants or board public transportation.
The country’s health pass extension follows four weeks of protests that culminated in an estimated 250,000 joining demonstrations across the nation Saturday. It requires patrons of cafes and movie theaters that seat fewer than 50 people to show their double vaccination QR code or proof they’ve recovered from COVID-19 or tested negative for the virus within the last 48 hours.
President Emmanuel Macron is reportedly hopeful that the government’s extension of the health pass to require compliance at more venues will increase vaccinations among the French. The mandate is similar to what other European counties have implemented, such as Germany and Italy, according to France 24.