New pass opens up Eiffel Tower

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 22 Jul 2021

Starting from yesterday, visitors need a special Covid pass to ride up the Eiffel Tower or visit French museums or movie theaters, the first step in a new campaign against what the government calls a "stratospheric'' rise in delta variant infections.

People must show they are either fully vaccinated, have a negative virus test or proof they recently recovered from an infection.

President Emmanuel Macron wants to rush through legislation to mandate the pass for restaurants and many other areas of public life, as well as requiring that all health workers get a jab.

The lower house of parliament starts a debate on the bill today and anti-vaccination protesters are planning a demonstration.

France's daily infections dropped sharply in the spring but have shot up again in the past two weeks.

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