Restaurants reopening in Paris: terraces extended up to June 30, 2021

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 27 August 2020 at 18h42 · Updated on 28 August 2020 at 09h54
This is something Paris mayor wanted: making some neighborhoods and streets for pedestrians in Paris in order to help restaurant, café, and bar owners to widen their terraces. Because the virus is actively circulating in Paris, now listed as "red area", the terrace extension is extended to June 30, 2021 at least.

This past June 2, France has entered phase 2 of the containment exit, with several major changes. In green areas, restaurants, cafés, and bars can reopen. Yet, in orange area, like in Paris and the rest of Île-de-France, only terraces can welcome patrons again. So, to support them, the City of Paris gives them spots on sidewalks and some streets until September 30.

But because the virus is still actively circulating in Paris, the plan is extended to June 30, 2021 at least, according to RTL. Goal? Supporting the economic recovery of these places and enabling to keep up with social distancing.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also expected to temporarily close, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., about twenty streets to keep them for café, bar, and restaurant terraces. On June 10, four streets in Paris have been closed to cars. Are now pedestrian in the evening and reserved for the extension of terraces of restaurants, cafés, and bars the following streets: rue Biot (17th arrondissement), rue Fontaines-du-Temple (3rd arrondissement), rue Montmorency (3rd arrondissement), and rue Quincampoix (4th arrondissement). The first two streets have been entirely closed to cars. The other two, only partially.

For the record, Paris and 20 French departments are listed "area of active circulation of the virus". To curb the spread of Covid-19 in these places, the Prefect may have to "make new measures such as changing the opening hours of some places if the epidemic situation needs to". This is what minister Olivier Véran said on August 12 on France 2. Since then, in Bouches-du-Rhône, bars, restaurants and general food stores must close every day from 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. Therefore, could such a measure be implemented in Paris as well? On August 26, the government's spokesperson Gabriel Attal "does not exclude" in twon the closure of restaurants and bars in the evening if need be.

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