2021 will surely not start as quick as expected for restaurants. This Tuesday December 15, 2020 in the morning, as France is entering the phase two of the lockdown exit, the French Prime Minister returned on the next deadlines for bars and restaurants to reopen – closed since the second wave epidemic broke out leading to restrictions.
Although Jean Castex said – when detailing the lockdown exit strategy – that restaurants might resume from January 20, 2021 and only if the health situation allows it, the Prime Minister went back on his promise. “I cannot assure bars and restaurants to reopen on that day” he says on Europe 1.
Furthermore, the chief of government reminds that before one can even return to bars and restaurants, the epidemic pressure shall be lighter on the county. “It will depend on us all” he says. The European example is shown by the Prime Minister who confesses “it breaks my heart to close these places, but it is necessary”. According to Castex, “the cultural exception is not the health exception”, referring to the United-Kingdom, Spain or Belgium, where restaurants are closed until further notice.
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