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A year after the start of the epidemic, restaurants and bars remain at the mercy of the covid. In Europe, their opening and closing depend on the health policy of each Member State.

Marie DEDEBAN

Marie DEDEBAN

A year after the start of the epidemic, restaurants and bars remain at the mercy of the covid. In Europe, their opening and closing depend on the health policy of each Member State.

As the beautiful days approach, the desire to settle on the terrace is becoming more and more urgent. However, in Luxembourg as in most countries of the European Union, the reopening of bars and restaurants is long overdue. To date, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), only seven of the 27 countries allow such a measure.

Mainly Nordic, these states appear to be an exception; the majority of members fearing a third wave which would be scheduled for the spring. Proof of this is with the toughening of measures in Germany, which requires border crossers from Moselle to carry out PCR tests, or the extension for a week of restrictions in Belgium.

But this hardening is done at different scales depending on the Member States, since the management of the health crisis falls to them. In the latest study conducted by ECDC, four approaches emerge in Europe, ranging from a life almost identical to that before, to total confinement. As a result, a European citizen could very well drink glasses until 10 p.m. in Oslo, but would be assigned to a home in Lisbon, confinement requires.

For its part, Luxembourg is one of the most cautious countries. Restaurants and bars are closed sincee 23 November. And the players in the Horeca should keep the door closed at a minimum until March 14, the scheduled end date of these restrictions. A situation disputed by the Horesca. The federation of the hotel and catering trades is asking for the terraces to be opened immediately to prepare themselves as well as possible to receive customers. According to them, reopening their signs would precisely allow better compliance with health rules. “Frankly, when I see ten people having a picnic at lunchtime around the same table in a park, I tell myself that the health rules would be better respected if this audience were taken care of by the professionals that we are. Isn’t it better to have small tables on the terrace rather than massive gatherings of people in public space? ”Defends François Koepp, secretary general of Horesca.

According to the latest information from Luxemburger Wort, the government should provide the owners of bars, restaurants and nightclubs with an answer on Friday, at the end of the Government Council, or at the beginning of the week at the latest. A decision also expected by consumers. By reopening its tables and counters, Luxembourg would align itself with Spain, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia or Romania.


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