Restaurants Allowed To Stay Open With Social Distancing Rules
Paris bars have been forced to close due to authorities putting the City of Lights on “maximum coronavirus alert” to combat a growing number of infections in the area.
Restaurants are allowed to remain open, tho tables must be placed at least three feet apart from each other, groups are limited to six people – the previous number was 10 – and customers must provide information on how to reach themselves for contact tracing.
Based on the timing, the closer would be at least until Oct. 20.
Theaters and museums are allowed to remain open tho any planned festivals have been canceled.
Meanwhile, the French Open continues, tho spectators are limited to 1,000 per day.
Bars are once again singled out as authorities all over the world blame them for being potential virus spreaders. There’s little statistical proof this is actually true but they make the case that people are more likely to mingle without masks than they are with groups in a restaurant.
According to Aurellen Rousseau, director of the French regional health authority, approximately 3,500 new cases a day are occurring in the region and 36% of hospital beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.
Earlier, officials received a backlash from business owners when they ordered the shutdown of the southern French coastal town of Marselle.
It remains to be seen if regional authorities will get a similar response from bars in Paris, especially in the Latin Quarter and Bastille, two of the city’s hotspots for nightlife.