A health pass, even for children!
The mayor (ex-LR) of Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), Christian Estrosi, announced this Friday the obligation of a health pass for children of all ages to access the city's leisure centers.
"Otherwise, children will not be admitted to our structures," writes the city's children's department, in an email sent to parents and revealed by Nice-Matin.
The measure is due to enter into force on Wednesday July 28, 2021.
The decision, taken by the mayor of the city, is justified by "a rise in cases of Covid-19 in leisure and reception centers", explains Christian Estrosi to Nice-Matin. Children can only be admitted to leisure centers if they have been vaccinated (for over 12s only) or if they have tested negative for Covid-19 in the last 48 hours. Saliva tests, which are easier to perform for children, will be authorized. A special testing center will be set up to collect samples from children and teenagers.
Another measure decided by the town hall: the obligation of a health pass for the staff of the leisure centers from Monday, July 26.
"Only staff with a health pass will be able to exercise and this from Monday," said Christian Estrosi in Nice-Matin.
The mayor of Nice wishes to extend this obligation to other members of municipal staff in contact with the public, such as "town planning, civil status or social services".
A rising incidence rate
These measures announced by the town hall should undoubtedly be controversial.
A question about the very legality of the device could arise: it is a priori the prefect who must take measures of this kind and not the municipality.
It raises all the more question that the government, after having postponed the use of the health pass for the youngest at the end of August, is now aligned with the vote of the Parliament which voted a postponement to September 30.
The Alpes-Maritimes have experienced a strong epidemic rebound for a few days.
As of July 20, the incidence rate stood at 314 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to figures released on Friday.
A week earlier, it was below 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.