Take off the masks and hit the track! Discos will reopen “From July 9”, and concerts with standing audiences will again be authorized from June 30, announced Alain Griset, the minister responsible for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on June 21 after a meeting at the Elysee Palace. which brought together, in particular, Emmanuel Macron and representatives of nightclubs and festive places.
Finally, having a reopening date represents a certain relief for the owners of establishments closed for fifteen months now because of the Covid-19. After shops, restaurants or cinemas, it is the turn of nightclubs to resume normal functioning. ” It’s very positive “, Rejoiced Thierry Fontaine, president of the Union of trades and industries of the hotel industry Night (UMIH Night), at the end of the meeting with the government. ” We will finally be able to project ourselves, it is very important for the future, even for those who will not open immediately Added Mr. Fontaine.
“We will finally be able to plan, it is very important for the future, even for those who will not open immediately”, Thierry Fontaine, president of UMIH Nuit
The recovery will nevertheless be subject to conditions. Establishments will only be able to open their doors with a 75% gauge inside. It will be 100% on the outside. And, in 2021, we will not be celebrating as in 2019. Only people fully vaccinated or provided with a negative test (PCR or antigen) of less than 48 hours will be able to enter nightclubs. The self-test solution carried out inside establishments, proposed by professionals, was refused by the government. On the other hand, wearing a mask will not be compulsory, but will remain recommended, allowing “ to lighten the sanitary protocol inside “. A great relief for the nightclubs.
The main professional nightlife unions have been working together with the Ministry of Health and Bercy since early June, to establish reopening conditions that combine health security and economic viability. On this day of the music festival, ” President [de la République] was very attentive “, Welcomed Thierry Fontaine.
Risk of a shortage of trained manpower
” The important point is that the reopening is not an injunction, but a possibility ”For establishments that feel able to do so, points out Renaud Barillet, director of ten establishments (La Bellevilloise, La Rotonde). For those for whom reopening would not be possible before September – for lack of trained staff or for lack of time -, ” aid will be maintained at 100% “. In fact, in addition to a delay ” very short to organize “, The resumption of the festival promises to be slowed down by the labor shortage which is already affecting bars and restaurants in France.
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