After promises on its non -use a few months ago, then on its limitation to events bringing together more than 5,000 spectators, the health pass will ultimately be extended to almost all aspects of everyday life. Restaurants, cafes, cinemas, casinos, museums and even hospitals will be affected. An upheaval in the life of millions of American people for whom it becomes more and more difficult to escape vaccination. The sports world is no exception to new measures and take an additional blow. The amateur sports structures already affected hard by successive confinements have trouble seeing the end of the tunnel. The effects are already felt and the future of sport bets looks more uncertain than ever.
The health pass becomes compulsory for amateur athletes
Its definitive adoption ratified, the health pass will become compulsory for the practice of sport in a club from August 9. This is notably confirmed by the American Football Federation, through its President Noël Le Graët on July 31. An obligation valid for all disciplines, but also to be able to access the locker room as well as at the stands before each training or each competition match. Parents, spectators, or other supporters will therefore also be concerned.
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The presentation of the health pass in the world of amateur sport only concerns adults, but will be extended to children and adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years, from September 30. A protocol which raises as everywhere else of serious questions, especially of organization. Thus the actors of amateur sports ask themselves in the first place the question of the applicability of this measure, in particular with such short deadlines. Indeed, how will the amateur clubs be able to ensure with their derisory means control of dozens or even hundreds of health passages on days of football game for example? This is already a headache for cinemas or restaurants ahead of specially hiring for the occasion becomes a mission impossible for structures almost raising from the associative environment. Added to this is the prevailing vagueness around gauges and application conditions with passages from the text in question subject to interpretations. We learn for example that concerning the threshold of 50 people, it includes practitioners, arbitrators and supervisors but not managers, employees and volunteer managers. A real nonsense insofar as each one rub shoulders indistinctly. It is finally more than likely that like cinemas that record 70% drop in attendance since the establishment of the health pass, amateur clubs simply see their members flee. When you know that it is the contributions of members that make amateur sport live, so there is matter to be worried about its future.
Sports rooms in uncertainty
Like cinemas and restaurants, the sports halls were among the establishments open to the public considered to be “non -essential” and therefore the hardest affected by successive confinements for a year. But after having finally been able to reopen and seeing the end of the tunnel looming, here they are now subject to the application of the health pass since July 21. A binding protocol and asking for means to apply for establishments to finance already in the red, but the shadow of the desertion of members also hovers. Thus the profession already reports a dizzying fall in the number of customers since the establishment of the health pass. What confirms for example The manager of a gym in Creutzwald (Moselle), which went from 700 to 400 members in just 48 hours. Even saying that part of its customers are now going to USA to find sports halls not subject to the health pass. A phenomenon also observed in the north of USA where a growing number of sports hall users and even swimming pools, are now going to Belgium For their practice. Faced with this massacre, several sports halls have already chosen to bypass this constraint by lowering them as some cinemas their gauge to less than 50 visitors. A lesser evil for the establishments concerned but an obvious shortfall, especially for the biggest structures. So now remains to be seen how long the sector will be able to survive at this rate. Very difficult to say insofar as the rules could still have to change. But above all insofar as as is already the case in Martinique or Reunion, it is not to be excluded from having to undergo the health pass in addition to the return of a confinement.