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US News Bar closes at 10 p.m.: in Paris, cafetiers between resignation and incomprehension

23:10  28 september  2020
23:10  28 september  2020 Source:   europe1.fr

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À quelques heures de la fermeture anticipée des bars dans la capitale pendant deux semaines, les cafetiers du quartier parisien de Montparnasse ont toujours du mal à comprendre cette mesure. Pour eux, c'est une nouvelle perte sèche de chiffre d'affaires © Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP A few hours before the early closing of bars in the capital for two weeks, cafetiers in the Parisian district of Montparnasse are still hard to understand this measure. For them, it is a new net loss of turnover "impossible to recover".

"We will do without, we have no choice." Like Stéphane, the Parisian cafetiers are looking gray this Monday a few hours before the mandatory early closing at 10 pm in the capital . As in the ten other metropolises classified in "enhanced alert zone" because of coronavirus by the government, Paris will see all of its bars close well before the usual time . This is particularly the case in the district of the Montparnasse tower, where drinking establishments sit alongside cinemas, theaters and other restaurants, which may remain open.

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"Every hour counts"

This early closure rhymes with net loss for turnover, "impossible to catch up", confirms at the microphone d'Europe 1 Stéphane, owner of the Piaf bistro, which until then remained open until one in the morning. "In Paris every hour counts, from morning to night, especially in lively neighborhoods like that." Resigned, the cafeteria knows that the next 15 days ahead, until October 11 inclusive, will be difficult to manage financially. "We have no choice, we are forced to remove people to put them on short-time work, and maybe even stop completely."

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The puzzle of dual license establishments

On the neighboring terrace, full at the time of leaving the offices and the nearby high school, it is incomprehension that dominates Thomas, the manager. Especially with regard to restaurants, which have received authorization to remain open. It is also a real headache for him who has a double license: bar and restaurant. After calling his neighborhood police station and consulting lawyers, he "had only contradictory information". He therefore does not know whether he should close his establishment at 10 p.m.

But in view of his finances which he considers "too fragile", Thomas prefers to take precautions and close. Heartbreaking for this professional, but the fear of a fine or an administrative closure is the strongest.

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