The implementation of the health pass in dozens of large French shopping centers, contested by the profession which complains of a sharp drop in attendance, was suspended this Tuesday, August 31 in a new department in the Paris suburbs, after several similar decisions elsewhere.
After Yvelines and Essonne in Ile-de-France, the Hauts-de-Seine administrative court on Tuesday suspended the prefectural decree which had imposed the pass in two supermarkets in this department bordering Paris, on the grounds that ‘it prevented people’s access to basic goods and services. The pass has also been suspended in the Haut-Rhin.
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A suspension was also requested in the capital; a hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at the Paris Administrative Court.
However, the pass remains required in all other places where it has been applied since August 9: restaurants, bars, cinemas, long-distance trains, etc.
“The confusion is total”
The National Council of Shopping Centers (CNCC) is asking for its national suspension for supermarkets. It evokes “A fall of a quarter of the frequentation in the whole of the shopping centers”, “Not only (in) the large metropolitan shopping centers subject to sanitary pass control in which it reaches 30% to 40% but also (in) all the centers in all the territories”.
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“There is total confusion in the minds of our fellow citizens, between the issue of more than 20,000 square meters, that of the incidence rate, the places where the rate is low and where the decrees are not withdrawn, the departments where the orders have been suspended ”, regretted Monday with AFP the general delegate of the CNCC, Gontran Thüring. “Uncertainty is the enemy of confidence and consumption. “
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At the request of the government, many prefects had started on August 16 to impose the health pass for surfaces over 20,000 m2 in the departments where the incidence rate of the epidemic exceeded 200 per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of week.