Health pass: shopping centers are stepping up to the plate


If the principle of the Health Pass is to avoid administratively closing off places where there may be crowds, and this while the Delta variant has led for weeks to an increase in contamination in France, shopping centers are obviously targeted. But the latter do not appreciate and threaten recourse.

Sanitary pass in shopping centers… over 20,000 square meters

The government is moving forward on its bill aimed at limiting the activities of French people who do not have a health pass. Among the places targeted, shopping centers: closed, and attracting many people on weekends, they can become clusters. But that doesn’t mean slowing down the economy and consumption too much.

Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, therefore gave a small clarification on the measure: Sunday Newspaper, on July 18, 2021, he declared: “ we therefore propose that only the largest shopping centers, with an area greater than 20,000 square meters, are concerned “. Only the largest shopping centers will therefore be affected.

In France, this represents around 400 shopping centers in the territory which will therefore have to adapt. Entrance checks should not only be carried out but, and this is the problem, customers who do not present a valid health pass will have to be rejected.

A “stigmatization” of shopping centers for those concerned

Asked about FranceTVInfo, Gontran Thüring, General Delegate of the National Council of Shopping Centers (CNCC), declares that he does not understand the measure ” that discriminates and stigmatizes once again shopping centers “, And in particular the largest, so those where there are the most people, while under 20,000 m² and, above all, in normal stores, the sanitary pass is not provided.

For him, the measure is inapplicable: it would be necessary to recruit for the security, difficult in full summer vacation. Not to mention the cost of 30,000 euros per month and per entrance door to the center, according to estimates from the CNCC.

In fact, it’s simple: the law ” we will not be able to apply it », He believes. At the risk of receiving a fine of 45.0000 euros for each offense committed. ” We may be considering appeals against this decision which does not seem fair to us. “.