They are mayors of Saint-Tropez (Var), La Baule (Loire-Atlantique), Royan (Charente-Maritime) or even La Grande-Motte (Hérault) and do not see the French seaside resorts spending one more summer without their nightclubs. . About fifteen city councilors publish a forum that we unveil exclusively to call for the reopening of nightclubs on June 30. Because if the government has detailed, through the voice of Jean Castex, its deconfinement plan, no prospect has been given to these establishments, closed since March 16, 2020. Alain Griset, Minister for SMEs, only confirmed this Saturday on Europe 1 that, “before June 15, we will give them an opening date”.
A vagueness that has lasted too long for the signatories of the platform for whom the reopening of the dancefloors, "is to make the choice of a responsible deconfinement". "To the economic disaster may be added disorder and health risk," says the text. Because without alternative ways, wild and disorganized festivals will inevitably make their appearance. An analysis fed by the difficult experience of last summer by these coastal officials.
"There is an irresponsibility of the State to leave the nightclubs closed, accuses Franck Louvrier, mayor (LR) of La Baule and initiator of the platform with Jean Roch, DJ and owner of the nightclub VIP Room in Saint- Tropez (Var).
I do not have the means to secure the 9 km of beach where young people will want to party by the water, with the dangers that this entails, at the mercy of traffickers… ”And the police sent every summer as reinforcements to these seaside resorts, which are seeing their population increase tenfold, will not be enough to ensure safety.
In Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), the mayor LR Maider Arosteguy, just elected, was even obliged last year to order from 10 p.m. the closure of the Grande Plage, opposite the casino, occupied some evenings by some 1,500 unemployed young people, alcoholic, in defiance of sanitary rules.
“There was an anarchy that we fear to live if the discotheques remain closed, she specifies.
We realized how much these places were regulators of nightlife and mental well-being.
"All the mayors, and more broadly all the people I meet, are waiting for the reopening of nightclubs because they will know that their youth is in such and such a place, well supervised with night professionals, security guards and that there can be no major problem ”, supports Jean Roch.
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While at least 400 nightclubs (out of 1,654) will disappear, according to the National Union of Nightclubs and Leisure Places (SNDLL), the signatories of the forum call to rely on the tools at its disposal to reopen and save the remaining establishments.
And offer a breath of fresh air to young people suffering from more than a year of epidemic.
“As in England, Spain or Israel, we require a health pass or a negative PCR test when entering these places.
Let's put gauges in place.
Let us generalize air purifiers, which have become the norm in planes, TGVs, or recently in schools ”, thus enumerate the signatories.
A strict protocol to which professionals are ready to comply and which could even be beneficial in terms of health by causing "a stronger demand from young people for screening and vaccination", according to Franck Louvrier.
To face it, the mayor of La Baule calls on the government to allocate more doses to seaside resorts this summer to immunize both residents and tourists.
The text of the forum initiated by Franck Louvrier and Jean-Roch
Reopening nightclubs means choosing responsible deconfinement!
“The recent announcements of the deconfinement schedule have allowed the whole of France to hope to finally see the end of the tunnel.
In particular, restaurants, bars, museums, cinemas, sports halls and many other sectors are now fixed on the date of their reopening.
All but one: for over a year, nightclubs have not reopened once and have seen their financial situation deteriorate critically.
A drama for an entire profession, but also for the French and their desire to be able to party.
However, this sector, which represents 50,000 direct jobs and more than 100,000 indirect jobs, is dramatically affected. One figure marks the spirits: the National Union of Discotheques and Leisure Places (SNDLL) reports on January 20, 2021 more than 100 establishments in liquidation and 300 others in reorganization or decision of voluntary closure. Moreover, according to the main trade union in the profession,
413 discotheques are in the process of disappearing definitively
: this figure represents one in four discotheques ...
And, in addition to the economic catastrophe, there is a risk of disorder and health risk. Because without alternative ways, wild and disorganized festivals will inevitably make their appearance. Each of them will rightly arouse indignation because they will obviously not respect the health and safety standards so dear to the profession of night workers. A feeling of déjà vu ...
Deconfinement and the aftermath require recreating a regulated economic activity, social ties, meetings, but also entertainment.
This is why, as actors of the well-being of the French, being as close as possible to their needs and their expectations, we denounce the idea according to which we could resume a normal life in a France without these clubs, at the there is a risk that this festive need that they embody will go to satisfy itself in a wild and anarchic way or even beyond our borders.
Particularly because our young people have been suffering from this very special life for almost 18 months, we are asking the government to authorize the opening of clubs and discos as of June 30.
This request will obviously not be made without conditions: professionals in the sector know this and have been preparing for months now.
Vaccination is our ally. As in England, Spain or Israel, we require a health pass or a negative PCR test when entering these places. Let's put gauges in place. Let us generalize air purifiers, which have become the norm in planes, TGVs, or recently in schools. Let us provide ephemeral outdoor places similar to the terraces of our friends the restaurateurs.
What we are presenting here is a continuation of what has already been announced for the other sectors of activity most affected. As players from different regions of France, we are ready to work together as quickly as possible. Our main mission is to support our fellow citizens in the best possible conditions. Their well-being is our priority. This cannot exist without moments of relaxation such as parties organized by night professionals. "
At the initiative of
Franck Louvrier, mayor of La Baule-Escoublac, and Jean-Roch Pedri, founder of the VIP Room group, with, Jean-Pierre Giran, mayor of Hyères, Valérie Grozzi, mayor of Grosseto-Prugna-Porticcio, Maider Arosteguy, mayor of Biarritz, Stéphan Rossignol, mayor of La Grande-Motte, François Blanchet, mayor of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Daniel Fasquelle, mayor of Touquet-Plage, Sylvie Siri, mayor of Saint-Tropez, Philippe Augier, mayor of Deauville, Ronan Loas, mayor of Ploemeur, Patrick Marengo, mayor of Royan, Vincent Morisse, mayor of Sainte-Maxime, Yannick Moreau, mayor of Sables-d'Olonne, Pierre-Alexis Blévin, mayor of Pléneuf- Val-André.