Gabriel Attal estimated, on July 28, 2021, that the Health Pass in France could enter into force for restaurants, hospitals but also transport, on August 9, 2021. The government is in fact only waiting for the approval of the Council of State and Constitutional Cosneil to promulgate the law and publish the decrees relating thereto. SNCF is ready.
August 9, 2021: on trains, checks will take place
The government spokesperson nevertheless underlined, at the end of the Council of Ministers of July 28, 2021, that there will be a question of a “running-in” period of about one week, to allow professionals as well as customers to s ” adapt to new health measures. The French will therefore have until around August 16 to slip through the cracks, the authorities showing pedagogy.
But this will not be the case in trains: Jean-Pierre Farandou, CEO of SNCF, announced Thursday July 29, 2021 that in trains the running-in period will not take place. The Health Pass will be checked from ” the day the law comes into force ”, So August 9, 2021 if the government’s forecasts are correct. ” There is a law and we are there to apply the law. We will be ready. “
Not all travelers will be screened
But Jean-Pierre Farandou is also aware that his teams will not be able to control everyone. The controls will be ” massive ” but not ” exhaustive »He clarified. ” Because we simply do not know how to do it. “
Logically, TGVs, affected by the Health Pass, will be the easiest to check, because often the ticket is checked before entering the train, especially at departure stations. Checking the Health Pass at the same time shouldn’t be a problem. For Intercités, on the other hand, it will be a different kettle of fish (TERs are not affected by the measure).
Thus, the CEO of SNCF confirms that the controls will be ” rather on the ground, not far from the boarding gates when there are », But also on board, where, to avoid altercations and attacks, the controllers will be accompanied by railway safety officers. Des ” checks on arrival May also occur.
” We have 21 major stations, which account for 70% of TGV traffic. These stations will be particularly treated “, He explained.