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Last update: 07/12/2021

From 15 December 2021, the following will be required to present a valid health pass (or negative PCR or antigen test taken within the last 72 hours): staff working in restaurants, bars, hotels and casinos as well as anyone working in a facility or at an event where visitors, spectators, customers or participants are required to show a health pass. The measure also covers technical and administrative staff working on site, with the exception of those involved in making deliveries or responding to emergencies.

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Who needs to show a health pass in my restaurant?
From 15 December, this measure covers two categories of people:

  1. Customers aged 16 years or older
  2. All of your staff, including administrative staff and contributors, whether or not they have contact with customers, if their place of work is a location where customers are required to show a health pass. Health passes are only required during the hours when the establishment, location or event is open to the public

Does this measure cover locations with public capacity of less than 300 people?
Yes and no.

Yes, if your business is a location where visitors, customers or spectators must show a health pass. This covers situations where the management wishes to require the presentation of a health pass for access, even where the capacity is below 300 people, for example exhibitions, conventions or performances.

No, if you are hosting fewer than 300 people and you do not wish to require a health pass. This applies to more private conventions and exhibitions, or to sports and performance venues.

What is meant by a "health pass"?
The health pass shows proof of full vaccination or of a negative PCR or antigen test or of a certificate of recovery from COVID more than 11 days ago and less than 6 months since the last positive test. It may be presented in digital or paper format.

My company has an administrative head office and restaurant facilities. Must I require all my staff to show health passes?
Only staff working at sites which are open to the public and require them to show a health pass are covered by this measure. Administrative staff who work at a location which is not open to the public will not therefore need to show a health pass.

Passes are only required during the hours when the establishment is open to the public.

Do I need to ask external suppliers to show a health pass?
If the staff at your business are required to show health passes, then this requirement extends to all external suppliers working in your business, except for those making deliveries or responding to emergencies.

Do I need to ask delivery staff to show a health pass?
No, delivery staff and those responding to emergencies do not need to show a health pass.

How long are PCR or antigen tests valid for?
In the case of customers, tests are valid for 24 hours. In the case of staff and contributors, the validity period is extended to 72 hours. In practical terms, this means that a restaurant employee who is not vaccinated and has not recovered from COVID can use a test taken within the last 72 hours to attend their place of work. However, if they wish to dine in a restaurant, they will need to show a test taken within the last 24 hours.

Is the validity period for a PCR or antigen test shown by a hotel customer also 24 hours?
Yes, absolutely. Customers who are not vaccinated or have not recovered from COVID must take a test every day.

What should I do if an employee’s PCR or antigen test was taken more than 72 hours ago?
In such cases, the employee’s health pass is not valid, and they may not attend their place of work unless they take a new test.

The antigen test does not have a QR code, so how can I check it?
If there is no QR code, paper evidence can be considered sufficient proof.

What should I do if an employee refuses to show a health pass?
If a person who is required to show a health pass in order to work does not present this proof, they can, if appropriate and with the agreement of their employer, take paid leave or time off in lieu. If the employee does not make use of these options or if, having used them up, they still do not provide the abovementioned proof, they may no longer do their job.

Once they have failed to do their job for more than three working days, they are invited to a meeting with their employer to consider their situation.

Do I need to keep paying the employee while they are not at work?
No, no remuneration is paid while the employee is no longer working. The employee will automatically return to their post once they are able to show a health pass.

  • For cultural events and performances, managers of venues or premises with a capacity of fewer than 300 people can make access for staff in direct contact with artists subject to the presentation of a health pass or equivalent proof
  • For conferences or trade fairs, managers of venues or premises with a capacity of fewer than 300 people can require staff to present a health pass for access to the venue or premises. Managers can also require visitors and contributors to show a health pass when there are fewer than 300 visitors

 

Generally speaking, please note that audience members and staff or contributors must show a health pass to access theatres or conferences where there are more than 300 people. This affects venues including the Opera House, Théâtre Princesse Grace and the Grimaldi Forum spaces.

At the sector’s request, the Prince’s Government has made presentation of a health pass mandatory for workers involved in cultural events (artists, box office staff, ushers, etc.) if the venue requires members of the public to present a health pass.

With regard to the public, health passes are required if the venue’s capacity exceeds 300 people. Mask wearing and barrier measures must be observed at all times. This affects venues including the Opera House, Théâtre Princesse Grace and the Grimaldi Forum spaces.

Public capacity is 100% seat occupancy with a maximum capacity of 2000 people. An exemption may be possible on presentation of specific health protocols.

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