Sanitary Pass Control: Small Businesses Oppose Criminal Penalties

Sanitary Pass Control: Small Businesses Oppose Criminal Penalties

Two employers’ organizations protested against the penalties to which small businesses would be liable in the event of a lack of control of certificates.

The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, has already qualified the amount of 45,000 euros as “excessive”.

Small French businesses called on Monday, through two organizations, for a revision of the bill on the extension of the health pass, which plans to penalize business leaders from the beginning of August.

Two employers’ organizations, the Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CPME) and the Union of Local Businesses (U2P), protested against this part of the bill, in separate press releases. They are opposed to the penalties to which entrepreneurs – restaurateurs, operators of cinemas or a transport service – would be liable in the event of a lack of control of the pass for access to their establishment. Either a maximum fine of 45,000 euros and one year in prison, according to the draft consulted by AFP.

The bill, with the exact penalties, will be adopted Monday in the Council of Ministers. But the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, has already qualified the amount of 45,000 euros as “excessive“, Monday morning on France 2. The CPME launches a petition “to oppose this excessive penalization and these totally disproportionate sanctions“, while emphasizing that vaccination”is the solution to avoid a new reconfinement (…) disastrous” for companies.

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“The state is unloading on professionals”

The U2P for its part deplores that “the State relies on professionals to ensure the implementation of its decisions and the management of their proper application“. In addition, the U2P, which advocates extending compulsory vaccination to the entire population, “refuses that the dismissal of an employee who refuses to be vaccinated should be borne by the company“. She calls it “parliamentarians to change the bill (…) by reducing the burden and responsibility weighing on business leaders concerned by the health care of their customers“, as well as'”by setting implementation deadlines in consultation with professionals“.