Soon mandatory for most activities, will the health pass also be applied to car rental and carpooling?
It is now official. From July 21, the health pass will be required in all places of leisure and culture, as well as events bringing together more than 50 people. From the beginning of August, the precious sesame will be spread and will now have to be presented at the entrance of all cafes, restaurants, hospitals and shopping centers, among others. To be able to access these places, it will then be necessary to be able to prove having received two doses of vaccine or to present a negative PCR test, less than 48 hours old. A situation which should then complicate the lives of many French people, while many have not yet been able to be vaccinated, due to demand having jumped again with these announcements. If more than half of the population has indeed been able to receive at least one dose, many citizens should find themselves stranded during their holidays, having not yet been able to go to a vaccination center. It shouldn’t be more difficult to travel elsewhere, while the sanitary pass will also be required to board a train, plane or coach.
But what about car rental, when many French people have decided to opt for this solution? And good news, it will not be necessary to prove that you are negative for Covid-19 or vaccinated to rent a vehicle for your vacation. A news that should undoubtedly relieve many motorists, who have not yet received their second dose or who still wish to wait before the injection. The sanitary protocol therefore remains unchanged in rental agencies, while customers and staff must always disinfect their hands, wear a mask and respect the social distancing. For their part, rental companies insist that vehicles are carefully cleaned between each customer, in order to ensure optimum safety. But if it will be possible for you to rent a vehicle this summer, the best thing is to do it in advance. And for good reason, demand is already so strong that the risk of shortage is rising, especially in regions generally frequented by holidaymakers!
Will we be able to carpool?
If you are not really a fan of car rental, also rest assured, the carpooling neither is the health pass concerned. First of all, because this measure would be very difficult to apply, since this practice is done between individuals, in a private setting. Imagine if the police stopped you on the side of the road to check that you and your passengers are well vaccinated! However, some companies, such as BlaBlaCar have put in place measures to reassure its users. Concretely, the leader of the sector in France is preparing to launch a feature ” which will allow carpoolers who wish to do so to declare that they have a health pass, in order to reassure people who want to travel with them “. For now, no additional details have been given, but it will probably be a checkbox when choosing the trip. On the other hand, the company specifies that the presentation of the pass will be essential to board its buses, and this whatever the distance traveled.
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