Sanitary pass: cinemas will not be able to lower their gauge to 49 people

To get around the health pass, operators had decided to offer sessions to less than 50 spectators. A solution that the Directorate General of Health has rejected.

Several questions still arise around the health pass, required since July 21 to access places of leisure and culture bringing together more than 50 people. Especially on this famous threshold of 50 spectators.

On reading the decree announcing the introduction of the pass, many cinema operators understood that they could offer screenings limited to less than 50 people, so as not to have to ask them for the precious sesame. However, according to the Directorate General of Health, this will not be possible.

The 50-person level, retained as the threshold for applying the health pass in certain establishments open to the public, is determined according to the capacity of this establishment and not according to the actual occupancy of the premises.“, thus affirmed the DGS to franceinfo this Wednesday. And to explain:

For example, in a movie theater, the sanitary pass applies as soon as this hall 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.

In addition, it 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.“, she also warned.

Contacted by HuffPost on Thursday, the DGS said it was a “decision of the services of the Ministry of Health”, Without giving more details.

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