Health pass: cinema professionals ask the Council of State for a delay

Nine cinema organizations have lodged an appeal with the Council of State to request a postponement of “the implementation of the health pass by aligning at least the date and terms of this measure for all sectors welcoming the public”.

Health pass: cinema professionals ask the council of state for a delay

Monday July 12, Emmanuel Macron announced that a health pass would be required to enter a movie theater from Wednesday July 21. A measure that professionals of the 7th Art consider too hasty and wish to postpone.

As recalled Box Office, the Government has for the first time refused the request of the National Federation of French Cinemas “align the implementation deadlines for the health pass for all sectors”.

Consequently, the FNCF and eight other organizations of cinema professionals (AFCAE, ACID, UPC, SPI, DIRE, API, FESAC and FNEF) seized “together the Council of State in order to put an end to the new discrimination suffered by the cultural sector”.

In a press release, they explain that they are “fully united and mobilized in the fight against Covid and the promotion of vaccination” but also “resigned to asserting their rights today in the face of the extremely short time allowed to cinemas in setting up the health pass, in conditions unknown to date”.

The organizations believe that the Government’s measure “strongly weakens the entire cinema sector, which has nevertheless been working since the start of the health crisis to implement robust and effective health protocols, and continues to invest to offer a rich and diversified film offer to as many people as possible”.

The press release continues: “The signatory organizations ask the judge to postpone the implementation of the health pass by aligning at least the date and terms of this measure for all sectors welcoming the public. This adaptation will promote clarity, acceptability and transparency for spectators and professionals and will respect an essential principle of fairness for all activities welcoming the public.

The Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers has posted its support for this approach on Twitter:

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