August 3, 2021

Health pass: cinemas and theaters will not be able to lower their gauge to 50

HEALTH PASS – Some cinemas, theaters and other places of culture and leisure had started to organize sessions limited to 49 people, at certain times or on odd days for example, to do without the health pass. This will in fact not be possible, because the 50-person gauge applies to the capacity of the place.

“The 50-person gauge, retained as the threshold for applying the health pass in certain establishments open to the public, is determined according to the reception capacity of this establishment and not according to the actual occupancy of the premises”, affirmed the Directorate General of Health at Franceinfo this Wednesday July 21 at the end of the day. Information confirmed at HuffPost and taken “by decision of the services of the Ministry of Health”, tells us the DGS, without being able to give, this Thursday morning, more details on the reasons for this decision.

“For example, in a cinema, the sanitary pass applies from the moment that this room contains more than 50 seats, even if only 10 seats are occupied during a screening. The 10 people present must therefore have a valid health pass ”, specifies the DGS to Franceinfo. “Moreover, there is noIt is not possible for a room with a capacity of more than 50 people to lower its gauge, under penalty of sanction for non-application of the sanitary pass. ”

However, many cultural and leisure establishments had planned to lower their gauge in certain venues, at certain times or even on certain days of the week, in order to be able to continue to welcome spectators even without a health pass. image of the Omnia République in Rouen, the Ciné Rillieux in the Lille metropolis or the Le Méliès cinema in Montreuil.

“Unmanageable announcements”

The most frequented arthouse cinema in France specified that from now on screenings before 6 p.m. would be limited to 49 spectators – even though its rooms can accommodate from 79 to 318 people. “It is a measure of contestation of government methods, undertaken systematically without the slightest consultation [avec les acteurs du secteur] and giving rise to unmanageable surprise announcements ”, explained to the HuffPost Stéphane Goudet, manager of Méliès.

“Setting up this pass is complicated. We regret not having had the same treatment as the others, we could not organize ourselves sufficiently upstream ”, also assured us the director of the cinema“ Cinéville ”in Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, in Loire- Atlantic. Because all now fear that the spectators will be much less numerous to come in the dark rooms this summer.

As a reminder, the health pass is valid after a complete vaccination schedule, or proof of a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours, or the result of a positive PCR test dated at least 11 days and less than 6 months. If it is required since this Wednesday July 21 in the morning in places of leisure and culture, Prime Minister Jean Castex assured that a tolerance of “a week” will be granted to do “pedagogy”. Before “the time for sanctions” comes.

Those in charge of cultural establishments – such as cafes and restaurants from the beginning of August – will have to check it at the entrance, but they will not be responsible for “verifying the identity” of those who present it. Failure to check the health pass can result in a fine of up to 45,000 euros and up to one year in prison for the person in charge of the establishment.

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