France bars unvaccinated from restaurants, sports venues

AP – People who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer allowed in France’s restaurants, tourist sites and sports venues unless they recently recovered from the virus.

The new law came into effect yesterday requiring a “vaccine pass” that is central to the government’s anti-virus strategy.

France is registering Europe’s highest-ever daily coronavirus infection numbers, and hospitals are continuing to fill up with virus patients, though the number of people in intensive care units (ICU) has dropped in recent days.

The government imposed few other restrictions amid the surge in the Omicron variant, focussing instead on the vaccine pass, approved by France’s Parliament and Constitutional Council last week.

A demonstrator holds a placard that reads ‘No to vaccine pass’ in Paris, France. PHOTO: AP