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“Hoping that you bankrupt the collaborators!” “; “Finished the cinema for me until the lifting of this blackmail” … After announcing the establishment of the health pass, the CGR cinema of Blagnac, near Toulouse, is criticized by many Internet users in disagreement with this measure in force since Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
The health pass in force in cinemas
Indeed, since that day, adults must present the health pass to attend the screenings. This document must include one of these three proofs: a complete vaccination certificate (D + 7 after the second injection), a RT-PCR or antigen test negative less than 48 hours or a COVID-19 recovery certificate (RT-PCR or positive antigen test dated at least 11 days and less than six months).
In force in cinemas and all places of culture and leisure (museums, sports halls, fairs, etc.) – and soon in bars, cafes, restaurants or even shopping centers from August -, the measure does not not unanimously. In Toulouse, three demonstrations have already taken place to denounce a “pass of shame”.
“We will take care of you by boycotting you”
The sling against the health pass is not limited to the streets and is also continuing on social networks. On Wednesday July 21, the CGR cinema in Blagnac suffered an avalanche of criticism on its Facebook page.
Internet users in favor of the measure – like more than six in 10 French people, according to an Ipsos-Sopra Steria survey published for Franceinfo and The Parisian – are torn with those more refractory, who would have liked a lowering of the gauge to 49 spectators per room to avoid a pass control, as is the case in some cinemas in the city.
“Well done, excellent decision. Limiting to 50 could have penalized those who made the civic effort to be vaccinated. The other unvaccinated will always have the possibility to do an antigen test in a pharmacy, and those who moan will always find a way to complain. Thank you “.
“Well, expect a drop in attendance at your cinema. It’s unfortunate to say but you are not in solidarity with people … Lower the theatrical gauges and ok your cinema will remain open, but boycott this pass shame … Why should we be in solidarity with you when you are not united with the population? Sorry, but this is going too far, we will not give in to blackmail “.
Cinema reacts to criticism: “We don’t play politics”
Faced with this surge, the establishment took the floor by appealing for calm on its Facebook page.
“Since the announcement of the implementation of the health pass in our establishment, many comments are disrespectful or even insulting for our teams. We are a place of entertainment and recreation, we do not play politics.”
“We are applying the decrees and laws of the government, which manages as best it can this serious and unprecedented health crisis. These sometimes restrictive measures allow our cinema to remain open rather than close. We are aware that this health pass is disabling for everyone, but let us be united and benevolent to one another, ”concluded the cinema team. Not sure that this is enough to calm the debates that continued under this call for calm …
Wearing a mask remains compulsory at the CGR Blagnac
Places currently subject to sanitary pass control since Wednesday July 21 have the option of dispensing with wearing a mask. Nevertheless, three large cinema networks, CGR, UGC and Kinepolis, announced on Tuesday July 20 that it would remain compulsory in their establishments.
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