The winter break has been extended until next June this year in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Unable to expel or cut off electricity in case of unpaid bills. But professionals are not concerned. Some live with the threat of being without electricity overnight.
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Until last November, Samuel Bordage, hairdresser in Paris, had somehow managed to stay afloat despite the coronavirus crisis. He has a total of seven employees in his living room. But the re-containment and then the 6 p.m. curfew really put him in difficulty. “We have an evening clientele, so this clientele no longer comes”, he explains. And for good reason: his living room was open until 10 p.m. at night.
There followed accounts in the red, a turnover that fell by 60% and bills that accumulated, those of the electricity supplier in particular. “I had the bill to pay at the end of January, on February 15th, he announced to me that they were going to cut the following week”, says the entrepreneur. Amount of the bill: 2,700 euros for two months of electricity.
Samuel Bordage should have benefited from six additional months to pay his energy bills. That was the meaning of a law enacted on November 14 to help traders closed during the fall lockdown. “I sent the supporting documents saying that we were closed, and I was told no, because the implementing decree has still not passed”, he explains.
“Energy suppliers today continue to cut power to even struggling businesses.”Samuel Bordage, hairdresser
The only solution he found so as not to find himself plunged into the dark: to be placed in receivership, which freezes the payment of bills. The hairdresser hopes for a quick return to normal activity. Otherwise, he’ll be out of business in a few months.