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US News Marseille. Restaurants authorized to reopen are relieved

21:15  05 october  2020
21:15  05 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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If they comply with a reinforced health protocol, restaurants in the Marseille-Aix area are allowed to reopen. The measures are the same as those decided on Monday for establishments in Paris and its inner suburbs. Marseille bosses express their relief.

At Marseille and Aix-en-Provence , restaurants that were closed for a week can reopen their doors. A prefectural decree published on Monday indeed provides that establishments "providing a sit-down catering activity are now authorized to welcome the public" on condition that they respect the new reinforced health protocol to deal with the Covid epidemic -19 . Measures identical to those proposed on Monday for restaurants in Paris and its inner suburbs which are also now placed in the maximum alert zone.

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A "reminder book" with the contact details of customers

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At the news of the reopening of the restaurants, the bosses expressed their relief. "We are very happy to see our customers again", declares Michel, Marseille boss of La Gratinée, interviewed by our colleagues from France Info . Normally, the closure of its brewery was scheduled for at least 15 days since the announcement of the passage of the Marseille-Aix area on high alert. "One week won, it's very encouraging," rejoices.

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"We cannot reopen overnight"

"We are happy but we would have preferred it not to be done in a hurry", reacted Laurent Tubau, 53, owner of the Hippocampe interviewed by the AFP. After a one-week closure decided by the government to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, the manager of this establishment in the Old Port had to react quickly. "I placed my orders with the greengrocers and wholesalers who fortunately work at night. And I was able to be delivered this morning ". Then it took "dust, clean, and dress" in order to anticipate the lunch service.

Like him, about half of the establishments in this neighborhood were open on Monday. The others are waiting for Tuesday. “There is everything to put in place. We cannot reopen overnight, especially in a gourmet restaurant, "said Rémi Campo, 37, butler at Le Miramar restaurant, a bouillabaisse specialist.

“We were impatiently awaiting this reopening. Marseille without restaurants, it was not Marseille ", rejoiced Valérie Cureau, 45, Sarthoise on vacation in the Phocaean city. Seated on the terrace of the Casanova restaurant, she said she wanted to “support restaurateurs” . “Reopen Marseille so as not to close Paris”

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For his part, the mayor of Marseille, Michèle Rubirola, who had strongly protested against these closures, tweeted:

“I am delighted with the reopening of restaurants in #Marseille today . But it is regrettable that this decision is taken so as not to have to close them elsewhere ”.

I am delighted that the restaurants at

#Marseille will reopen today. But it is unfortunate that this decision is taken so as not to have to close them elsewhere. - Michèle Rubirola (@MicheleRubirola)

October 5, 2020

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reference to the Parisian situation where restaurants have been able to remain open thanks to the new health protocol presented by the profession in “maximum alert” areas.

"I think that we had no other alternative than to open Marseille because we did not close Paris" , confirmed Bernard Marty, boss of the UMIH (Union des métiers et des industries de the hotel industry) from Bouches-du-Rhône to our colleagues from France Info.

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