Bars and restaurants in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille must keep their curtains drawn on Monday, September 28. The prefectural decree deciding the total closure of these establishments, announced Wednesday by the Minister of Health, was published Sunday at midnight.
In these two municipalities, in a “maximum alert zone” in the face of Covid-19, bars and restaurants will keep their doors closed until October 11 inclusive, except for possible delivery and take-out activities, according to the decree signed by the prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône Christophe Mirmand. These measures may be “re-examined“Before the deadline of October 11, in eight days, according to the epidemic indicators of the Regional Health Agency of the Paca region, specifies the order.
A collective action in summary proceedings
As soon as this decree was officially published, LR president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte D’Azur region, Renaud Muselier, announced that he had filed a collective action for interim relief before the administrative court of Marseille.
This appeal is brought by 20 catering professionals from Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, by local representatives of the business world and the sector, as well as by the Paca region, the Bouches-du-Rhône department, the metropolis Aix-Marseille-Provence and the city of Aix-en-Provence. Only the city of Marseille, led by the left, with the ecologist Michèle Rubirola as mayor, has therefore not joined this process. “It’s the law that decides (ra)“, Insists Renaud Muselier in his press release, specifying that”would never call for civil disobedience».
Partial closure in 15 other cities of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis
Contrary to what was announced last Wednesday, the closure of bars and restaurants does not concern the 90 other municipalities of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis. A partial closure – between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. – nevertheless targets fifteen other municipalities in the department, including La Ciotat, Arles, Gardanne or Martigues. An evolution in this direction of the restrictions had filtered Friday after a meeting between the Minister Olivier Véran and several elected officials of the department at the prefecture in Marseille. At the end of this meeting, LR president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Renaud Muselier, also announced that the implementation of these new directives was postponed to Sunday instead of Saturday.
However, some managers of bars or restaurants in Marseille and Aix have threatened to defy this new ban on opening. The departmental president of the Union des trades et des industries de l’hôtellerie clearly advised them against Sunday, on the antenna of France Bleu Provence: “Otherwise some of them will be punished and we will have all the difficulties to defend them“, Warned Bernard Marty, announcing on the other hand”legal and physical actions in the coming hours or days»
There will be”obviously sanctions“, In case of disobedience, warned Élisabeth Borne, the Minister of Labor, Monday morning on the set of BFMTV. “We do not take these rules of gaiety of heart. They are difficult“, She underlined, recalling that there was a”around fifty clusters in restaurants since deconfinement“. The minister also recalled that the owners of bars and restaurants, forced to close, are “massively supported since the beginning of the crisis». «We will be there», She still promises. “We are protecting those businesses that are closed.»And to recall the various financial aids put in place by the State to support these professionals.