Ni aperitivo ni ‘happy hour’s, Paris,’maximum alert zone& rdquor ;, has dawned this Tuesday without its bars, forced to close for two weeks due to the strong incidence of covid-19 in the capital. Chairs and tables are stacked inside the establishments, a gloomy image that inevitably recalls the months of confinement.
“With the one that is falling one does not want to go anywhere & rdquor ;, sighs a retired woman sitting next to a friend on the terrace of a Parisian ‘bistro’. For now, restaurants and establishments that carry out a catering activity are exempt from the new restrictions. Yes, on condition of respect a new reinforced health protocol: the tables, with a maximum of six people, must be separated by one meter apart, the use of the mask is mandatory between plates, all customers must leave their data to be contacted in case of detecting a source of contagion.
“Our sector will not bear another closure”
“The closing of the bars is a catastrophe for the sector and although the restaurants are saved, between the mask, the distances and the fear of catching the virus, the next two weeks I will do without going out to lunch or dinner & rdquor ;, ditch the woman before discreetly lowering his surgical mask to take a sip of water. In view of the state of the ‘bistros’ and restaurants, where customers appear dropper, there are many who prefer to stay at home.
The economic losses are incalculable. “Our sector will not bear another closure. Before the end of the year, 30% of bars, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and catering companies in Paris and the Île-de-France region are at risk of closing & rdquor ;, warned Roland Héguy, president of the Union of Trades and Hospitality Industries, a week ago in the newspaper ‘The Parisian‘, fearing strong restrictions for the entire sector.
The temporary closure of the bars is a new bump for Parisian pubs and taverns, subject, since last September 28, to a restricted schedule: from 10pm they had to lower their blinds. The measure, decreed by the Ministry of Health, raised blisters in the Parisian consistory. “How can we understand that, on the one hand, there is a relaxation of the sanitary protocol in schools and that, on the other, in Paris the bars have to close at 10 at night? & Rdquor ;, the mayor of the metropolis, Anne Hidalgo.
Strong incidence of the virus among the population aged 20 to 30 years
Despite their outrage, the bars in the French capital had no choice but to respect the regulations. Given the acceleration of the epidemic and taking into account the rate of incidence of the virus among the population aged 20 to 30, the main clientele of Parisian bars, with more than 500 positives per 100,000 inhabitants in the Île-de-France region, it appears that the measure did not bear fruit. “It is of little use to impose a schedule when inside the bars it is impossible to respect social distance and the masks disappear […] We didn’t want to admit it, but We knew the bars would have to close again – Sums up Adrien, thirty-something and regular customer of an Irish pub two steps from the Place de la Bastille. Now we will have to drink the beers at home. & Rdquor;
Thus, after exceeding for several consecutive days the maximum thresholds established by the Government to decree the “High alert & rdquor; -the incidence rate of the disease (250 per 100,000 inhabitants in 7 days), its incidence among the elderly (100 per 100,000 inhabitants) and the occupancy rate of resuscitation services (30% of ICUs occupied by covid patients -19) -, Paris has no choice but to abide by the new restrictions.
Parisians will see deprived of aperitif and treats on the bars of the bars for the next fifteen days. For now, they will have to settle for the bistros and adapt to the new rules and limitations, waiting for a truce to stop the acceleration of COVID-19 infections in Paris.