Extremely weakened by the coronavirus crisis, restaurant owners are fighting for their survival.
To try to keep their heads under water, they are now fighting on two fronts: the cancellation of rents and the payment of paid vacation for their employees, so much of a time bomb, according to them.
Since midnight Friday evening, the curfew has been in effect in Ile-de-France and in eight French cities.
A further blow for restaurant owners, whose customers in these regions must be back at 9pm.
A radical measure therefore, which further weakens a sector already severely impacted by the health crisis linked to the coronavirus epidemic.
Now, in an attempt to survive, restaurateurs are fighting on two fronts: cancellation of rents and payment of paid vacation for their employees.
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First point: rents.
It is one of the fixed charges which weigh the heaviest on the cash flow of restaurateurs.
So sometimes, these rents are paid to the town hall and often, agreements are reached amicably.
The town hall of Paris, for example, offered the rents of the terraces to get through the crisis.
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But when it comes to private landlords and sometimes small landlords, it's more complicated.
So, a reflection is underway at the Ministry of the Economy, with the envisaged establishment of a tax credit.
A landlord who agrees to give away part of the rent could then deduct this amount from his taxes.
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The other difficulty is paid vacation.
Partial unemployment does pay 84% of the net salary of employees, but in catering, paid holidays are not included in this salary.
They represent 10%, the sole responsibility of the employer.
And when you have several employees but no cash flow in front of you, the bill can climb very quickly.
And there, it is the Ministry of Labor which is considering a solution that could be presented within the week.