“I cannot say for sure that we will reopen bars and restaurants on January 20, that would be dishonest,” says Le Maire

“I cannot say for sure that we will reopen bars and restaurants on January 20, that would be dishonest,” says Le Maire

The Minister of the Economy affirms that this date remains conditioned on the evolution of the epidemic.

The reopening date of January 20, 2021 is not guaranteed for restaurants and other establishments that are still closed. This is what the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire announced on Monday, December 14. “I cannot tell you for sure that we will reopen bars and restaurants on January 20. It would be dishonest of me and it would be taking an excessive risk to say that.“, he explained on Franceinfo. The Minister has indicated that discussions are planned “to find out how they can restart“. In the meantime, their reopening remains conditional on the evolution of the epidemic.

To help the sector survive, Bruno Le Maire confirmed that the aid would be maintained next year and that others could be put in place. “We want to cover all their fixed costs. If additional measures are needed here or there, we will be there“, he explained. “Everything is not yet on the table. It’s not just a question of ‘whatever the cost’, it’s also a question of psychological support. Those who suffer the most must be accompanied the most“.

The Bercy tenant said that “the solidarity fund is the keystoneto continue helping the sector. He reiterated that all restaurants can receive 20% of their turnover made last year and “we cover all fixed charges and if necessary, we will do more“, he thus hammered.

The catering sector, accompanied by that of the hotel industry and other branches impacted by the closures, to denounce these uncertainties and calls for the reopening of establishments “as quickly as possible“.