Deconfinement: entire streets for restaurants and bars in Paris?

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 5 May 2020 at 14h12 · Updated on 7 May 2020 at 13h53
In order to help restaurants, cafés and bars to resume works in the best health conditions possible, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo considers giving entire streets for them, and for free, until September.

If some economic sectors will be allowed to gradually resume starting from May 11th, others will have to wait. This is the case for the cultural world and for restaurants, cafés and bars who will have to remain shut after May 11th. So far, we still do not know when the hotel trade-food sector will resume. The government is expected to address the matter late May. In the meantime, Minister of Labor Muriel Pénicaud announced partial work time will be held “at the full rate” after June 1st for some sectors restaurants, bars and cafés are part of.

Another question remains as for this sector very badly hit by the health crisis: on which conditions these places may reopen? Several recommendations have been made in order to respect distancing such as limiting the number of patrons. Paris Mayor also addressed the matter this May 5th in Le Parisien.

We will make everything so that they can use the public space and work in satisfactory health conditions. And do so until September. Entire streets will be reserved for them and for free” the socialist Mayor said. “A reporting formality system including a free authorization at the end will be set up” she adds.

Moreover, still in Le Parisien, Anne Hidalgo said she was working on a “zero taxplan for bars, cafés and restaurants. “They will be exonerated from public road taxes, taxes on stand or terraces” she said before adding that “the special usage-fee on non-domestic waste will be deleted as well”.


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