The sale of alcohol to take away in bars and restaurants banned in Île-de-France: “Un coup d’assommoir”, for the National Group of Independents

In particular to fight against the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic and limit gatherings, the take-away sale of alcohol from bars and restaurants in Ile-de-France will be prohibited from Sunday.

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In Île-de-France, the take-away sale of alcohol from bars and restaurants will be prohibited from Sunday April 4, in particular to limit gatherings in front of certain establishments. For Marcel Bénézet, president of the café-bars-brasseries branch of the National Independent Group (GNI), this is still bad news. “Since the start of the pandemic, we are used to being beaten. We have had the hammer blow, now you have the knockout blow. Bars and restaurants are once again stigmatized.”, Explain Marcel Bénézet.

“I fear unfortunately that at the end of this third confinement, many business leaders will be desperate, and risk lowering the curtain permanently. The take-out sale was a lifeline before sinking, it helped some establishments to stay alive. Today the profession is really on its knees “, alert Mr. Bénézet.

For him, these gatherings of customers in front of bars or restaurants are “an exception”. “This concerned certain districts of Paris, such as the Butte aux Cailles for example“, he assures. “We are only asking for one thing: to work. Fortunately the government was there to put us on a drip. Imagine if this was not the case today, it would be dramatic”, explains president of the café-bars-brasseries branch of the GNI.

“To regain the breath we had in 2019, it will take at least three years.”

Marcel Bénézet

to franceinfo

For him, the government must continue aid even after the pandemic. “There is no choice, especially in catering, otherwise it is not sustainable, it is moreover expected.”

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