Located in a shopping center, it has organized an entrance reserved for its customers only to bypass the obligation to present a health pass. A tip that the prefecture is not willing to let pass.
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Large shopping centers over 20,000 m2 are subject, since Monday August 16 to the health pass. But the Leclerc hypermarket in Roques-sur-Garonne, located 15 kilometers south of Toulouse, has decided not to require it, reports France Bleu Occitanie.
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Customers arriving from the car park can directly access the hypermarket, through a dedicated entrance, without control. However, to enter the shopping arcade, the health pass is compulsory.
Such a device is not authorized by the prefecture of Haute-Garonne which, after noting the infringement Monday morning, decided “the implementation of the procedure of formal notice”. It specifies that a measure of “closure of the establishment for up to 7 days can be taken by prefectural decision”.
The Leclerc hypermarket has 24 hours to comply with standards. Its director Jacques Blimont denounces a “completely absurd situation” which favors small businesses. He told France Bleu Occitanie to fear a drop in turnover “between 25 and 35%”.