Employees of the public catering sector went out to protest and blocked the ring road in Paris for about an hour because of the measures taken by the authorities against the background of the coronavirus pandemic, the Parisien newspaper reports.
The demonstration of representatives of the restaurant business, including headwaiters and cooks, began on Tuesday morning. According to the BFMTV channel, due to the demonstration in the action area, the movement of cars was difficult. According to the channel, the event was also attended by representatives of catering companies that work at various events. An hour later, the demonstrators were dispersed by law enforcement officials, Parisien notes.
On Sunday evening, Paris and three departments in the Ile-de-France region-Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne – were classified as the maximum risk zone for coronavirus. In this regard, on Monday, the prefect of Paris, Didier Lallement, at a press conference with the mayor of the city, Anne Hidalgo, announced new restrictive measures. These measures include closing all bars in the French capital and in the three departments mentioned above until October 19.
Restaurants can remain open if the new health protocol is strictly followed. According to the new rules, the maximum number of visitors at one table is limited to six visitors (previously-10 people). As before, the distance between tables and chairs must be at least a meter, and staff must wear masks.
Another innovation is creating special commemorative notebooks in restaurants, where customers will leave their contact details. Then the restaurants should send these notebooks to the regional health agency. The data will be stored for no more than 14 days. Visitors are also encouraged to book tables on restaurant websites to avoid queues at the entrance. Also, restaurants are now required to publish information about the maximum capacity of the institution.