French government to soon ban outdoor heaters in the public space and on terraces

Published by Caroline J. · Published on 27 July 2020 at 13h58 · Updated on 28 July 2020 at 15h59
This July 27, the new minister for Ecological transition, Barbara Pompili, announced that outdoor heaters may soon be banned in the public space, and especially on terraces of restaurants and cafés. This measure will be implemented starting next winter.

Appointed new minister for Ecological transition on July 6, Barbara Pompili made several announcements this Monday July 27, 2020 in terms of environment such as the end of outdoor heaters in the public space, and then on terraces of restaurants and cafés. “Outdoor heaters in the public space, on terraces” will be banned, she said.

Explaining it is an “ecological aberration”, minister Barbara Pompili added at the end of the Defense Council for ecology on July 27: “We cannot air-condition the street in the middle of summer when it’s 30°C outside, nor can we heat terraces in the middle of winter, for the simple pleasure of staying warm while drinking your coffee on the terrace.”

 

But because of the health crisis and the difficulties met by many restaurateurs, the ban will be implemented at the end of next summer. “We are going to allow them to get ready, and we will make these measures mandatory at the end of next winter.” Pompili said.

Among the other measures unveiled, the minister for Ecological transition has also announced she will ban fuel oil boilers and coal-fired boilers in new accommodations. She also said she will create “two natural regional parks, at the Mont Ventoux, and in the Baie de Somme-Picardie maritime”, as well as “a national natural reserve, the Forêt de Robertsau in Alsace”.

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