In June, Paris will be a large cafe terrace

Parisian cafes and restaurants are preparing to reopen on Tuesday and try to install their terraces in as much space as possible with the Council’s blessing.

“We will run the flower boxes, on June 2 we will spread out the terrace”: relieved to be able to open her cafe againeLudvine intends to utilize the facilities planned by Anne Hidalgo to save a turnover.

“We are in a hurry, even though we know we will not be able to put all the 60 seats inside,” adds the manager, who calculates the “tens of thousands of euros” loss associated with containment.

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on May 28 that cafes, bars and restaurants could open again on June 2 in Paris, but only on the terrace, because in this area classified as “orange” the virus circulates “a little stronger”.

A relief for Parisian restaurateurs, who lost 90% of their turnover in April and probably 70% in May, notes Pascal Brun, consultant and former CEO of the restaurant group Frères Blanc.

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But with the distance from the tables and the ban on dining in the dining room, it can only be partially catching up: “The restaurateurs will open again to reconnect with their customers, but they will not make any money,” Pascal Brun adds.

To accompany the reopening, and while here and there in the capital some cafes are already starting this weekend to install some tables on the sidewalk, the city has decided to allow facilities to extend its terrace outside the perimeter usually authorized, free of charge, until the end of September.

“Paris must be next to restaurants and bars”

“We wanted an easy and flexible simple declaration procedure,” which can be done online, explains Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, responsible for urban planning.

Specifically, the restaurateurs must indicate their desire to have a temporary terrace and with a diagram indicate the space that they intend to occupy. They will be able to expand their terrace along the shops if they agree and occupy “up to three parking spaces in front of their restaurant”.

In order to play the good neighbor, they also have to fill in a ten-point charter that will be displayed in the window: residents’ peace of mind, limit set at 10am, pedestrian traffic, cleanliness with the absence of one-off rights …

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What “allows to run these companies in great need,” said Didier Chenet, president of the GNI Synhorcat Employers’ Federation, which estimates the 12,500 number of facilities with a terrace in Paris (including 10,000 open).

The city also plans to temporarily close some streets in about twenty tourist sites to allow the terraces to expand: the Marais district, Ourcq canal, rue des Abbesses or Daguerre …

“Paris, in the crisis we are going through, has to be next to restaurants and bars. They are the soul of our city,” Anne Hidalgo said at Parisian Sunday, warning: “Hundreds of jobs are at stake”.

With AFP