first early closing this Monday evening for bars in the capital

At 10 p.m., everyone will have to lower the curtain, in accordance with the measures taken by the police headquarters to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

A bar in Paris.
A bar in Paris. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP

This Monday evening, no question of partying until the end of the night. At 10 p.m., the capital’s bars will have to lower the curtain. This is indeed one of the measures imposed by the decree unveiled on Friday by the Paris police headquarters and which presents the details of the device planned to stem the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.

From Monday 28 September and until Sunday 11 October inclusive, establishments that do not offer food must close at 10 p.m., latest deadline. Only restaurants with a large catering license may remain open. As regards establishments having both a restaurant and bar activity, they will no longer be authorized to serve alcohol from 10 p.m., except as an accompaniment to a meal. Rules that do not only apply to Paris but also to ten other cities, areas placed in “Enhanced alert”.

Since Friday, professionals in this sector, already heavily impacted financially by the health crisis, have continued to express their dissatisfaction. A collective was also created around the slogan #restonsouvert and organized a gathering on Sunday in Paris where the owners of bars and festive establishments were present. The collective also released a statement on Twitter calling from Monday “Musical cafes and bars” at “Turn up the volume to say no to the forced closure of their establishments and the stigmatization of a profession”. “They will simultaneously broadcast from their establishments closed to the public sets of DJs performed live in the studios of Tsugi Radio(A web radio launched in 2015), he adds.

Sanctions up to administrative closure

In Nice, some bosses even called for “disobedience”, the day after Olivier Véran’s announcements on Wednesday evening. “We call for total disobedience. We will not close at 10 pm! ”, thus declared, during a rally, Fred Ghintran, vice-president of the Union des métiers et des industries de l’hôtellerie (Umih) of the Alpes-Maritimes and managers of several establishments in Nice. Failure to comply with the new measures imposed could however be costly for those who risk it, as stated in the press release from the Paris police headquarters. “Offenders will be fined, and establishments open to the public in violation of sanitary rules will systematically be subject to administrative procedures which can go as far as closure”, is it indicated. And “The police have been instructed to strengthen their controls throughout the capital”.

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