The nightclubs, which were closed for one month in early December in order to deal with the health situation, will remain closed for three additional weeks in January, said Minister Delegate in charge of Tourism and SMEs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, on Wednesday (December 29th).
“On January 3, like the other sectors which were announced by the Prime Minister for three weeks, there will be the renewal of the closure which concerned them”, announced Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne on France Inter, finally removing the doubt that persisted on nightclubs since Jean Castex’s Monday evening announcements for other sectors.
The initial closure of nightclubs ran until January 6, but it seemed unlikely that they would reopen on that date, since the government announced that from January 3 standing concerts would be banned, as would the nightclub. consumption standing in bars and cafes. However, the government had never confirmed the extension of the closure of the clubs until the minister intervened on the radio.
In total, the extent of this closure concerns 1,600 establishments in France. Without going until the curfew on December 31, to the great relief of professionals, Jean Castex also announced a return of the gauges for large gatherings, set at 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors. The consumption of food and drink in cinemas, theaters, sports facilities and public transport has also been banned.
A consultation is planned in the coming days with the Ministry of the Economy on future aid for all companies whose activity is subject to restrictions. “From December 20, we set up an aid system with 100% fixed costs, partial activity, etc. “, Recalled Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, stressing that” the month of December accounting for 20% of the annual turnover, these compensations should perhaps be supplemented “.
“I imagine the moral distress that can exist for these employees, these entrepreneurs. It’s a world that wants to give happiness, a party world that isn’t party, “he said. “From the start they worked, they put in place protocols, they were the first to verify the identity of the health passes, we do not forget that,” he said.