As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about protestors outside a French supermarket, a judge in Versailles has overturned the requirement that health passports be presented as a condition for entry into retail businesses in the department of Yvelines.
|00:00||After just two days of enforcement, the prefectural decree from August 19, which made it compulsory|
|00:05||to use a “health passport” at large shopping centers in the Yvelines department, was suspended|
|00:09||by the Versailles administrative court. “The contentious order restricts access in a broad manner,|
|00:15||and does not provide conditions guaranteeing people’s access to essential goods and services.”|
|00:21||Throughout Yvelines 14 shopping centers with more than|
|00:24||twenty thousand square meters were affected. The decree had been poorly greeted|
|00:27||by retail professionals. At the Westfield Velizy 2 shopping center,|
|00:31||beginning two days ago, 17 security agents were hired to guard the twelve entrance doors,|
|00:35||with an estimated budget of 130,000 Euros for the month of August.|
|00:40||I have registered a 25% drop in activity. A 25% drop in customer flow, that’s huge.|
|00:46||We’re really fragile, and the shopkeepers are already suffering after a year and a half of crisis.|
|00:51||We have the advantage of being a very large shopping center with air circulation, CO2 sensors,|
|00:55||security agents, traffic direction and masks.|
|00:58||Our Parisian neighbors have taken note that the Yvelines prefecture has passed this judgment.|
|01:04||The health passport will no longer be required in shopping centers until further notice.|
|01:08||However, it is considering whether to refer the matter to the council of state.
Hat tip: JohnM, in the comments.