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France approves law on full vaccination, negative tampons in public indoor areas are no longer accepted

France approves law on full vaccination, negative tampons in public indoor areas

The French parliament yesterday approved a law banning unvaccinated people from attending restaurants, sports arenas and other indoor venues by 215 votes to 58. This law is one of the government's efforts to reduce the number of patients admitted to hospitals due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

More than 91% of French adults are fully vaccinated and some critics have questioned whether this law will make much of a difference.

The Macron government hopes the move will be enough to limit the number of patients filling hospitals nationwide, without resorting to a new blockade.

The new isolation measures would deal another blow to the economy, and could also reduce Macron's chances of being re-elected in the April 10 presidential election.

So far, in France a pass permit for COVID-19 has been required to go to restaurants, cinemas, museums and many places across the country, but unvaccinated persons have been allowed to enter if they show a negative test of the last hours.

The new law for places such as tourist spots, many trains and for all domestic flights, requires full vaccination and applies to all those aged 16 and over.

Some exceptions may be made for those who have recently recovered from COVID-19. The law also tightens penalties for forging vaccination certificates and allows identity checks to avoid fraud.

More than 76% of the capacity of French hospitals is occupied by virus patients, most of them unvaccinated. Like many countries, France is under the control of the Omicron variant.