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Containment: restaurateurs and cafetiers are preparing an appeal against the closure of their establishments



They want to reopen. Restaurant owners and cafetiers intend to challenge the government’s decision to close their establishments as part of the reconfinement decided to cope with the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic. The Union des Métiers des Industries de l’Hôtellerie (UMIH), the main union in the sector, announced it on Saturday 14 November.

TheUMIH “initiated an appeal against the decree of October 29, 2020 which closes ‘type N’ restaurants and drinking establishments while authorizing collective catering”, she says. The union justifies its appeal by “the breach of the principle of equality”. This legal action will be “finalized[e] before November 20 “, he specifies.

“The administrative closure of our restaurants and bars is based on sanitary reasons, yet no figures can justify that the cases of contamination were more numerous in these establishments (…) than in collective catering”, estimateUMIH. The syndicate emphasizes that its members “apply, since their first reopening in June 2020, the same strict health protocols applied by collective catering” and that’“at the request of the profession, these protocols were even reinforced in September 2020”.

The organization recalls that, according to a study carried out among its members, “two out of three establishments fear to close definitively by the end of the year because of this second confinement”.

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