Covid-19: Berlin, Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier, what’s happening with bars in these cities?
The increase in cases of Covid-19 leads to the closure of bars in certain European cities or to the implementation of restrictions.
Berlin and Frankfurt
The bars and restaurants in the city of Berlin will close during the night to stop the pandemic. They will have to remain closed from 23h00 to 06h00. This measure will last until at least October 31st.
In Frankfurt, a similar measure was adopted which closes bars and restaurants and prohibits the sale of alcohol between 10pm and 6am.
The sale of alcohol is also forbidden at petrol stations or small food stores from 11pm.
The Berlin bars collective judged the measure as “disastrous” and is considering to appeal it to justice.
Toulouse and Montpellier
The French cities of Toulouse and Montpellier have been placed on high alert, authorities announced on Sunday. They join the cities Lille, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Grenoble, which passed to the same state on Saturday 10.
The bars in Toulouse will close from tomorrow, Tuesday 13th October 2020 at midnight. In addition, a reinforced security protocol will be implemented for restaurants. For its part, the city of Montpellier will apply the closure at night from Monday 12th to Tuesday 13th October.
Pubs and bars (as well as gyms, casinos and betting shops) are expected to close on Wednesday, while restaurants, schools and universities will remain open. The Liverpool city region is expected to move to the top level of the containment system and the measures could last up to six months, according to Sky News.
According to europapress, the city council of Herrera, in Seville, has called for self-confinement, and they also recommend that all businesses and bars close at 22h00. Despite being a small town, 95 inhabitants out of 6,500 have contracted the virus, indicating that the evolution of the pandemic is worsening considerably.
The bars and cafes of Paris and its suburbs are still closed since Tuesday, October 6, 2020 was ordered to close for at least 15 days to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Glasgow and Edinburgh
On Wednesday, October 7, the closure of pubs and restaurants was announced for Glasgow and Edinburgh. However, in some areas of Scotland they will be able to open their doors, although they will only be able to serve alcohol on terraces according to the BBC.
Bars and cafés closed from Thursday 8th of October for one month (until 8 November) throughout the Brussels region.
In the rest of the world
In Canada, especially Toronto, some bars are closed indefinitely as the city is at the point of moving to phase 2. Some bars have decided to close their doors and beyond the cases of Covid-19 that impact the business, the restrictions also affect them.
“We chose to close because of the disturbing increase in cases of Covid-19 in the city. Our priority has always been the health, safety and enjoyment of our staff and guests, so given the current climate, it only made sense for us to close indefinitely,” says Max Morin of Godspeed Brewery, according to Blogto.com.
In Kenya, cases of coronavirus are on the decline. Since Monday, September 28th, the reopening of bars and restaurants was announced, authorizing them to sell alcohol. However, they must respect an obligatory closing at 22h00. The bars, closed since March, were quickly dedicated to the sale of food to take advantage of the authorizations issued to the restaurants. They were allowed to serve alcohol with meals. In July, President Uhuru Kenyatta banned the sale of alcohol in restaurants, reiterating the “brutal rise” of pollution. It is young people who tend to gather in places where drinks are sold.
Now the country is in a period of low contamination of the virus after passing the peak in July and August.
Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.