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The soul of our city: Paris restaurants, cafés to reopen for terrace-only service

Issued on: 31/05/2020 – 10:50Modified: 31/05/2020 – 10:50

An essential part of life for a city renowned for its eating and drinking culture, Pariss restaurants, cafés and bars will reopen on June 2, but only for seating outside – on the grounds that Covid-19 is believed to spread more easily inside.

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French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on Thursday that cafés, bars and restaurants could reopen in Paris on June 2 in the second phase of easing the countrys lockdown. Tables are expected to be much further apart than usual to allow for social distancing, while establishments are banned from serving customers for eating or drinking inside.

In a city with a similar population density to that of Mumbai, restaurants, cafés and bars have long been seen as an integral part of Parisian life, allowing people to escape the confines of sometimes cramped apartments.

But their reopening is even more of a relief for Paris restaurateurs, who were hit hard by Frances two months of full-blown lockdown, which ended on May 11. They lost 90 percent of their turnover in April and around 70 percent in May, according to Pascal Brun, a consultant and former CEO of the Frères Blanc restaurant group.

Brun noted, however, that life will not return to normal for restaurant owners anytime soon. In light of social distancing requirements and the ban on serving people inside, proprietors will be able to “reconnect with customers, but they wont make any money”, he told AFP.

“Were in a hurry” to get things going again, said one restaurant manager in Pariss central 2nd arrondissement (district), who gave her name as Ludivine. She told AFP that the restaurants losses during the lockdown amounted to “tens of thousands of euros”.

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