Covid-19: shopping centers denounce “total confusion” of customers because of the health pass

It is true that it is to understand nothing there. At Printemps Haussmann, charming security guards scan the health pass with a big smile. At the two adjacent department stores, Mango and Zara, no controls. A few metro stations from Boulevard Haussmann, at the Forum des Halles, entry through Porte Berger is completely free, as is access to all levels, despite the size of the complex. The implementation of the health pass in some French shopping centers is a source of hesitation, especially according to the employers’ organization in the sector, it would be detrimental to overall attendance.

The National Council of Shopping Centers (CNCC) evokes “a fall of a quarter of the frequentation in all the shopping centers”, “not only (in) the large metropolitan shopping centers subject to the control of the sanitary pass in which it reaches 30% to 40% but also (in) all the centers in all the territories ”.

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“There is total confusion in the minds of our fellow citizens, between the issue of more than 20,000 square meters, that of the incidence rate, the places where the rate is low and where the decrees are not withdrawn, the departments where the orders have been suspended ”(Yvelines, Haut-Rhin, Essonne), regretted Monday to AFP the general delegate of the CNCC, Gontran Thüring. “Uncertainty is the enemy of confidence and consumption,” he added with grandiloquence.

“Inequitable for all families”

At the beginning of August, the government asked the prefects to impose the health pass for surfaces of more than 20,000 m2 in the departments where the incidence rate of the epidemic exceeds 200 per 100,000 inhabitants over a week, in the idea of ​​curbing the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Since then, the administrative court of Versailles and that of Strasbourg have suspended the prefectural decrees in the departments of Yvelines, Essonne and Haut-Rhin, considering that they prevented free access to essential goods. A hearing is due to take place on Tuesday at the Paris administrative court after a request to suspend the measure has been filed. In the capital, since August 16, eight centers have been required to require proof of a negative test of less than 72 hours or of vaccination: the Bon MARCHE (VIIe), Italie 2 (XIIIe), Beaugrenelle (XVe) , Vill’Up (19th century), BHV and la Samaritaine (Paris Center), Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussmann (9th).

In Seine-Saint-Denis, the administrative court of Montreuil, on the other hand, rejected the summary liberty filed by the CGT 93. The judge considered that the request did not take into account “neither the health situation, nor the health interest public, or the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic ”.

As the start of the school year approaches, the CNCC “officially asks the government to suspend this measure”, which it considers “unfair for all families”, “discriminatory since other forms of commerce are not subject to it” and “Superfluous” because of the sanitary protocol still in force in the shops.

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