No reopening of restaurants before April? Toques Blanches president calls on government to “give a date”

Chef Christophe Marguin said on BFM Lyon on Friday that bars and restaurants will have to wait until April 6, according to a date announced by the trade unions of the profession.

To have a drink in a bar or to have a meal in the restaurant, you’ll have to wait a little longer. First announced at the end of January, their reopening was postponed by the authorities, who did not release a new date. But according to chef Christophe Marguin, it is not expected to take place until April.

“We have been given a date that is April 6,” the president of The Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, who was invited to BFM Lyon, said on Friday, assuring that he kept the information “from the unions working with the state”.

Christophe Marguin wants an official announcement

“We were made to understand that the state wanted to block the February holidays” as well as the “Easter weekend (…) where there could be big movements” of population, explains the Lyon chief, who is also very skeptical of ski resorts. “The mountain makes them believe they will reopen but they will never open, it is not possible,” he said.

Christophe Marguin regrets above all that the government does not give an official date. “They know where they’re going (…) No one wants to talk everyone says, ‘Yes we know that but…'” laments the president of Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises.

No date announced according to the Umih

“Tell us the truth,” he continues, “that’s all we ask, that we’re given a date, that we’re told. We know it now, we were passed on indirectly.”

“Bruno Le Maire has not given us any reopening date,” said Ophelia Rota, spokesperson for the Union of Trades and Hospitality Industries (Umih), contacted by BFM Business. The first professional organization of hotels, cafes and restaurants is careful not to put forward a date that, in any case, could be postponed in the event of another epidemic peak.

By Benjamin Rieth
Journalist BFM Regions