Nightclubs to reopen on July 9, government announces

At the end of a meeting with Emmanuel Macron, the date of reopening of these establishments is finally known. Access will be reserved “for those who can produce a health pass,” said Alain Griset.

This is the end of a long, very long wait for night professionals. At the end of a meeting held at the Elysee Palace on Monday morning, the government announced that nightclubs could reopen on July 9.

Access will be reserved “to those who can produce a health pass», Clarified Alain Griset. The gauges will be set at 100% outdoors, and 75% indoors, and the wearing of a mask “will not be compulsory”In the establishment, indicated the Minister Delegate in charge of SMEs. In addition, the state will continue to support the sector “as long as the coercive measuresWill be active.

The meeting started at 10 am, in the presence of the Minister Delegate in charge of SMEs, Alain Griset, and the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot. This meeting was promised by Emmanuel Macron. It should finally give visibility to professionals, who are waiting to know what sauce they will be eaten this summer.

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Disagreements around the health protocol

Disagreements over the sanitary protocol governing the reopening have been plaguing the sector for several months. Two weeks ago, two representative unions, the Umih and the GNI, presented their draft health protocol. The advanced tracks – including the compulsory mask, a sanitary pass and strong constraints on the ventilation of the premises – are too restrictive, retorted the boss of the National Union of Discotheques and Leisure Places (SNDLL), Patrick Malvaës, in a blog post. .

Asked Monday about BFM Business, Patrick Malvaës also considered that the self-tests were essential for the reopening of discotheques, in order to allow those who would like to go to a club without being prepared to prove that they are not contaminated. For the representative, the health pass currently defined does not respond to the problems of discotheques. He recalled in particular that few young people would be fully vaccinated this summer and that PCR tests were particularly restrictive. “It’s hard to imagine that young people will spend their entire summer with a cotton swab in their nose”, he mocked.

For its part, the executive gradually clarified the horizon of reopening: if professionals hoped for a recovery between June 30 and July 2, the Minister of Solidarity and Health recently declared that “in July […] discotheques will have to reopen, with specific conditions“. “Does this require an exceptional sanitary pass, that is to say that it would be required for less than 1000 people, is it a possibility and I think that it is quite logical to do it-? Are there any ventilation systems required (…), that’s all we are fine-tuning», Added Olivier Véran.

200 nightclubs have filed for bankruptcy since March 2020

Still, the profession, which weighs a billion euros in annual turnover and represents around 30,000 direct jobs, according to the Umih and the GNI, awaits with undisguised impatience the return of revelers on the dance floor. The health crisis has shaken the sector: “we have 200 nightclubs that have filed for bankruptcy since the start of the crisis“, On the 1600 which enamel the Hexagon, worried the GNI, pleading for a”nightclub restart assistance plan“. Professionals count on maintaining state aid, including for discotheques which would reopen in forced mode.

On Monday evening, a concert will also be held in the main courtyard of the Élysée Palace on the occasion of the 40th edition of the Fête de la Musique, notably with Jean-Michel Jarre and Marc Cerrone. In accordance with the health protocols in force, the public will be able to attend the concert in a seated configuration, while respecting the distances and the gauge of 65%, specified the Elysee. The event will be broadcast live on CultureBox.


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