About forty deputies are asking the Prime Minister to reopen restaurants for lunch from March 30.

Among the signatories, Eric Coquerel (LFI) estimated Sunday on Europe 1 that this would avoid gatherings in front of restaurants and better enforce health rules.

Forty deputies from all political stripes ask Prime Minister Jean Castex, via a forum published in the

Journal du dimanche

, to study the reopening of restaurants at noon from March 30 "with adequate sanitary procedures".

According to them, this would allow those who do not have a company canteen to benefit from a suitable and reasonable place and time for the lunch break.


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"It is possible to find a compromise"

"In the streets of cities, at noon, for people who work, the situation is often gruesome because we observe that people eat in front of restaurants, therefore standing close to each other", argued Eric Coquerel, deputy of France rebellious, Sunday noon on Europe 1. “When you eat, you take off your mask so I'm not sure that the sanitary conditions are more respected than if you were at the table on organized terraces. take responsibility in order to restart the activity of restaurateurs. Most restaurants had already done so, so it is possible to find a compromise of this type, "he continued.


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Restaurants have been closed since October 30

In the column published in the


, the 42 signatory deputies insist on this point: "almost all professionals in the sector have always respected the health instructions and implemented strict procedures" since the start of the health crisis.

According to them, reopening all restaurants would also allow, "beyond the dramatic financial conditions of professionals and the likely increase in bankruptcy", not to worsen the labor shortage in the sector.

"Those who worked in these establishments are now acting in other sectors. Many of them do not wish to return to work in the restaurant business. We must therefore quickly reopen these places, even partially, so as not to lose those who would still want to work in restaurants, "say the signatories.


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Since October 30, bars, cafes and restaurants have been closed in France.

They are only allowed a residual take-out activity.

This request comes as the government is considering a new turn of the screw in 20 departments which fear an explosion in the number of Covid-19 contaminations.