France mandates COVID health passes for dining and travel

Why it matters: The health protection plans led to tens of thousands of protesters taking to the streets across France over the weekend, as COVID-19 cases surge in the country to about 20,000 a day from a few thousand early in July, per France 24.

The big picture: The “health pass” requires people show online or paper proof of vaccination, or evidence that they have recently recovered from the coronavirus, or else they must show a recent negative test.

It initially applies to all adults who wish to “enter restaurants, trains, planes and some other public venues,” AP notes. The measure will expand to include anyone over age 12 from Sept. 30.

“The rules can be applied through Nov. 15, depending on the virus situation,” AP reports.