COVID-19 hit the world last year, making us stay inside, as the pandemic wreaked havoc all across the world. Of course, the world of travel had never come to a standstill that it is still in, even as the travel industry is staggering and trying to come back to life. Now, with vaccination drives running all over the world, it is expected that international borders will reopen as well. But, would the world be as it was before the pandemic. Most likely not; and France might just be showing the way.
In France, everyone needs to have a COVID health pass for things that were once regular, as regular as stepping out for a coffee or a movie. Recently, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that COVID health passes would be required for such activities and the same might be pushed into effect from July 21. While it is seen as French government’s push to get more people vaccinated, the rising concern for Delta variant is also palpable.
France’s move to make the use of COVID health pass essential for such regular work might sound stringent, but is probably the need of the hour. More so, as health experts predict that we are sitting at the cusp of third wave of COVID. India, of course, is seeing unprecedented rush of tourists swooping over tourists destinations, thronging to mountains, beaches and what not. Of course, tourists are a in a bid to have a vacation before the third wave strikes, oblivious to the fact that they will probably be the super spreaders of any such upcoming wave.
France’s insistence on making its people use the COVID health pass, or the Pass Sanitaire, will ensure that either the carrier is fully-vaccinated or has tested negative for COVID during the past 72 hours. Both will ensure that any outbreak stays curtailed. This, perhaps, is required for India as well; assuring that people, tourists or not, step out with caution, avoiding any next wave rather than luring it in.