The government does not plan to reopen cafes, bars and restaurants by the end of 2020, according to information from franceinfo. These establishments have been closed since the establishment of containment to stop the second wave of Covid-19. The date of January 15, 2021 for the resumption of activity is mentioned at Bercy. It has yet to be confirmed definitively and could be another blow to the bamboo for the professionals concerned.
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Not to reopen before mid-January, Nicolas Brun would have done well without this possibility. Manager of a tapas bar in Maisons-Alfort (Val-de-Marne), closed again since the start of confinement, he is unable to sell take-out and says he is distraught: “Unfortunately, I welcome him very badly, like all my colleagues, given that we have already suffered an administrative closure for two to three months on the first confinement.”
The restaurateur sees the possibility of opening during the end of the year celebrations disappear. “The 31st is a big night and we have already lost Halloween, last October 31st which is also a very big night for the establishment “, he laments then that usually “December and November have always been good months”.
Nicolas Brun has already consumed the 60,000 euros of his loan guaranteed by the State. He is preparing to apply for the rebound loan put in place by the region to continue paying his fixed costs, including his rent. “I bought the business, so I pay the rent directly to the agency”, indicates the restaurateur. Its premises would belong to an owner “who has a certain age and who lives on his rent”.
In the meantime, I can bear the payment of the rent. I would even do it with my own funds. And then, the day when I can no longer, I would put the key under the door.Nicolas Brun, restaurateur
In terms of rent, Philippe Alauze is luckier. Manager of a hotel-restaurant-bar in Maisons-Alfort, he will not pay for the month of December, offered by the owner. But he plans to part with some of his employees, now on partial unemployment: “Out of my 12 employees, I plan to lay off two to three people so as to be able to bounce back. We must not forget all the commitments that we may have made during these two confinements. All the credits to be paid which will be incumbent on us and which will be a second wave. So, we will have to get rid of our payroll, if we want to reinvent ourselves and continue to open later. “
Philippe Alauze who also calls for an additional boost from the government if this date of January 15 was confirmed: “Best of all worlds in that case would be if he could exempt us from charges.”
I feel like maybe asking for the moon, but yes, I’m not talking about pushing back charges, but exempting charges in December and November.Philippe Alauze, restaurateur
Cafes, bars and restaurants will have to wait a little longer to see clearly. According to the government spokesperson, prospects will be given to the profession in early December.