June 20, 2021

the hope of nightclub owners for this summer

If nothing is official yet, the reopening of nightclubs would be imminent, according to the Union of Trades and Hospitality Industries (UMIH) and the National Group of Independents (GNI), meeting in a press conference, Thursday, June 10 . The two unions, who presented their proposal for a health protocol for their establishments, affirmed “That it is no longer a question of a reopening or not, but rather of the modalities of [celle-ci] ». Expected date of the resumption of the dancing festivities: June 30, if the sector manages to convince the Ministry of Health, which would prefer the date of July 2. For its part, Bercy has already given the green light.

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Concretely, the UMIH and the GNI are proposing two phases for the reopening of the dance floors. The first, from June 30 to July 30, would allow nightclubs to accommodate, indoors, 65% of the maximum number of the public usually authorized, and 85% outdoors. The second, from July 31 to August 28, would provide a gauge of 85% indoors, and 100% outdoors. Another limit: indoor establishments may admit, simultaneously, a maximum of 1,000 people, then 1,500 in the second phase. Outdoor establishments could accommodate up to 3,000 people simultaneously as soon as they reopen.

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With regard to sanitary measures, they would first be located upstream of the entrance to the discotheque. The client should present a valid health passport, i.e. either proof of having been vaccinated for at least two weeks, or a negative test (PCR, antigen or self-test), carried out within forty-eight hours before the entry into the disco.

Fifteen months of closure

The draft protocol provides for another option, to say the least unexpected: party-goers not yet vaccinated will be able to enter, if they carry out a saliva self-test on site, “Do it yourself, in front of the security guards”, specify Thierry Fontaine and Jérôme Guilbert, presidents of the nightclub branches of the two unions. The protocol does not provide for health personnel present at the entrance to establishments to ensure adequate use of the tests.

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However, “The collection of the self-tests not being carried out by a health professional, the possibility of obtaining a” false negative “caused by a collection error is very real”, can we read on the website of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health. Who would bear the cost of the test? This is “Still to be defined”, more ” we could recover those of national education, which are not used. It would save the state “, Say the two representatives of the profession.

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Nightclubs will nevertheless wait until June 21 before setting the date when strobes and mixers can be turned back on. It will be for the day of the Fête de la musique that “The President of the Republic has undertaken to [les] meet “, assert Mr. Fontaine and Mr. Guilbert. “We expect a lot from this meeting”, they point out.

After more than fifteen months of closure, the sector has only 1,600 establishments. And deplores about 300 bankruptcy filings, according to the unions.

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