The law transforming the health pass into a vaccine step, which could come into force this Friday, would authorize restaurateurs to check the identity of their customers in case of doubt.
It’s a new sleight of hand that awaits Toulouse. To settle in a restaurant, the health pass will no longer be sufficient. The vaccination pass should apply from this weekend, depending on the decision of the Constitutional Council. Those who only yesterday settled in thanks to repeated tests could well become persona non grata.
This new law could also allow restaurateurs to check the identity of customers in case of doubt. “If a man presents us with a sanitary pass with a female first name on it, then we can actually ask for an identity document”, specifies André Layani, manager of the restaurant Le Pyrénéen where this Sunday at noon three police officers checked the health passes and identity documents.
He fears that the climate will become more deleterious than it already is. “People are aggressive, he says. About 25% of our customers make a reflection when asked for the health pass. If we validate the identity of certain customers, that risks creating delicate situations”.
“It’s up to the police to do that”
This new measure adapted the vice a little more. Philippe Bellot, vice-president of the Union des métiers et des industries de l’hôtellerie 31 and manager of the Dowtown restaurant, criticizes: “We are not going to put an employee behind each client. It’s up to the police to do their job. Already that the controls of the police are multiplying in the restaurants if in addition we add these controls, we will not get out of it ”.
The vaccination pass, if adopted by the Elders, will also become compulsory for employees. Unvaccinated employees risk suspension or even dismissal. “The majority of catering staff are already vaccinated. The mandatory health pass being, the employees were not going to be tested every two days…”, assures Philippe Bellot. The opening of the hunt for the unvaccinated in restaurants will be set for Friday.