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"We must show our teeth": restaurateurs call for the withdrawal of anti-Covid measures

2020-09-24T17:35:36.794Z

For many bar and restaurant owners, the new restrictions announced put their already fragile establishments in great danger.



"KO standing", "head on the scaffold".

They no longer believe it and they did not have strong enough words, this Thursday, September 24, to express their anger.

The total closure imposed on bars and restaurants in the metropolis of Aix-Marseille, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, coupled with a closure at 10 p.m. from Monday in Paris, as in several other large cities, to fight against the the Covid-19 epidemic, has plunged bistros and restaurateurs into deep disarray.

"New support measures are being studied", it is argued at the Ministry of the Economy, where a telephone meeting was organized this Thursday morning between Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy - tested positive for Covid - 19 and currently in solitary confinement, but who continues to exercise his functions - Alain Griset, the Minister for SMEs, and representatives of the sector.

"The government adjustment variable"

"We did not get anything and the only thing that we see happening are the rents, the charges and the electricity bills ...", plague Marcel Benezet, president of cafes, bars, breweries at the National Group of Independents.

"This situation is unfair, we ask for the immediate withdrawal of these measures", loose Roland Héguy, the president of the Union of trades and industries of the hotel trade (Umih), main union of bars-restaurants, while many owners of establishments are taken by the throat.

"Our sector of activity has become this government's adjustment variable to regulate the health system," he grumbles.

"We must show our teeth, otherwise we will be extinguished like candles, thunders Marcel Benezet.

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Anne Hidalgo, the mayor (PS) of Paris, gave them her support by considering that the closure of the bars at 10 pm was "a measure difficult to understand".

“We are fully aware that there is an emergency, we insisted this Thursday evening in the entourage of Alain Griset.

By the end of the week, we will come back to professionals with financial support measures ”.

A priori, it should be additional aid within the framework of existing mechanisms (loans guaranteed by the State, solidarity fund, partial activity, deferral / exemption of charges).

Source: leparis

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