Among the restrictions announced by the government on Monday evening, patrons of bars and cafes must be required to remain seated from next week. Managers are adapting to this new measure with varying degrees of weariness.
“Once again it’s rubbish! Despite the vaccination rate and important protective measures, we are being imposed new restrictions! “
Hubert de Faletans, president of the restaurant branch of UMIH 31, is angry. Again one might say. The boss of L’Esprit du Sud-Ouest in Blagnac criticizes the ban on drinking standing in bars and cafes from next week. He does not understand why the restrictions affect bars and cafes when prevention measures are already important, and is worried about the economic consequences.
“Since September, in Haute-Garonne, we have already lost 30 to 40% of our turnover. We are slowly dying, and the aid offered is weak or untouchable. You have to have lost more than 50% of your turnover to reach them! “
“On the impression of being stigmatized! “
Denis Pardiè, owner of the bar La Fabrique, also believes that the measure will have a significant financial impact. Instead of consuming drinks, customers will go home at the end of the meal. The rules change every two weeks, one has the impression of being stigmatized, that bars are considered as the places where the disease circulates. “To be able to meet new government requirements, tables and chairs will be added inside the bar” to bring in more customers. “
The addition of tables inside the establishment. This is also the solution envisaged by the managers of the Black Lion, the pub located close to the courthouse. “We will adapt further, we will create new seats and we will do our best even if it is difficult to be faultless,” says Sveltlana, “day manager”.
Within Charles Wells establishments (George bars, London Town, Danu, in particular), the measure signals the return of the QR code. “We had put it aside but we will put it back in place this week,” says Benjamin Brembilla, operations manager. This system allows customers to order while staying at the table. It is not obvious of course, but we have already known that, we adapt. ” The man prefers to see the glass half full. “On the bright side, there won’t be any new restrictions for the New Year. I was worried about the establishment of a curfew, when you close at 10 p.m., it’s really difficult to make a figure. “