Will shopping centers manage to escape the health pass?
While the extension of this device to these places frequented by millions of French people was retoque by the senators, a mixed joint committee (CMP) bringing together the elected representatives of the Senate and the National Assembly will have to agree on this file this Sunday.
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In the meantime, representatives of the sector keep the pressure on Parliament. In a press release published on Friday, the National Council of Shopping Centers (CNCC) recalled its opposition to the pass, which the Council of State had also called for abolishing for these establishments. Denouncing a measure "
ineffective, unfair and inapplicable
", the CNCC asked senators to remove this provision for its members. A call obviously heard by the senators.
, professionals go further to convince parliamentarians. In exchange for removing the pass for shopping centers, "
we are proposing to the Ministry of Health to install vaccination centers in all of our 21 shopping centers,
" said the director general of Southern Europe of the giant Unibail- Rodamco Westfield. Anne-Sophie Sancerre estimates that she can vaccinate "
500 people per day in all the shopping centers targeted by this measure
", or up to "
1 million people per week
". Centers see themselves as '
part of the solution
', and can also promote injections.
Doses against a pass: the proposal has not yet received a response from the Ministry of Health, but the centers can count on their high attendance to reach a large number of people. Behind, the agreement is also beneficial for the establishments at the financial level: controlling the health pass is expensive, very expensive. In the order of "
5 million euros per month
", according to Anne-Sophie Sancerre. Controlling a front door costs "
30,000 euros per month
", estimates the boss of the CNCC, Gontran Thüring. The bill therefore quickly becomes salty.
For now, the executive says it wants to extend the pass to shopping centers, despite the frank opposition of the Council of State. "
The elements communicated by the government [...] do not show [...] a significant interest in controlling the epidemic while it forces unvaccinated people, in particular those who cannot be vaccinated. for medical reasons, to be tested very regularly to access it,
”concluded the institution in its opinion. Will the centers' proposal succeed in convincing the government to change its mind? The government wanting to move quickly, the answer was soon to be known.