MARIGOT, Saint Martin – On Friday, October 22nd, French side residents decided to block various streets in Marigot with vehicles and burnt materials in protest of the implementation of the Health Pass by the State.
The Health Pass which went into effect on Thursday, October 21st, calls for residents to be able to show that they have received a Covid 19 vaccine, before entering certain establishments. One of such an establishment is the Louis Constant Fleming Hospital in Concordia, Marigot.
On Wednesday, October 19th, France’s lower house of parliament voted to approve extending the country’s COVID-19 health pass measures until at least July 31st next year. This was done, as governments around Europe look to ensure they can curb the virus as the winter season approaches.
The pass proves the holder has been fully vaccinated against COVID 19, or has recently tested negative for COVID, thereby allowing the holder to enter places such as bars and restaurants and sports venues where the health pass is compulsory.
For this reason, the union representing the employees at the French side Medical Center decided to call out it membership in protest. This has also led to protest action by various persons on the northern side of the island, resulting in the blockage of key entrances into the French side capital.