Restaurants reopening in Paris: terraces extended up to September 30

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 15 June 2020 at 17h43 · Updated on 16 June 2020 at 09h23
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. On June 10, four streets in Paris have been closed to cars in the evening. Even though the French capital has been moved to green area, the action will still take place until September 30, 2020.

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.

On June 15, 2020, the Île-de-France region has moved into green zone: bars, restaurants, and cafés are allowed to fully open again while keeping the health protocol up. Interviewed this morning on BFMParis deputy mayor Olivia Polski confirmed terraces are allowed to be extended up to September 30, 2020.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo also expects to temporarily close, between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., about twenty streets to keep them for café, bar, and restaurant terraces. So far, the project was still under study and the city listed some streets, squares and neighborhoods that might partially be reserved for pedestrians.

According to Le Parisien, the first four streets in Paris have been closed to cars on Wednesday June 10. 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.

This initative from the City of Paris seems to have seduced restaurateurs since the city hall has got, according to the daily, 109 requests to close streets. The city is said to have excluded inquiries involving main roads, streets with car park exit, a school, a hospital, a fire station, or even a bus line... Only narow streets have been kept. Other streets are said to be partially or fully pedestrian soon.

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