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Bars and restaurants resigned to verifying the identity of customers: “We prefer that to closing” – Coronavirus
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Bars and restaurants resigned to verifying the identity of customers: “We prefer that to closing” – Coronavirus
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“Having to verify the identity will certainly be very inconvenient, it is not what one expects when entering a hotel or a restaurant. This is an undeniable additional constraint for our professionals, ”says Hervé Becam, vice-president of Umih, the main union in the hotel and restaurant industry. “But if it has to be done and if it’s a way to get out of the crisis as quickly as possible and avoid closing, of course we will. “

The bill adopted at first reading in the Assembly this Thursday after heated debates provides that, in addition to the police, the managers of places and activities subject to the pass such as cafetiers and restaurateurs will be able, under conditions, to verify. the validity.

But this control will not be “systematic”, assured the Minister of Health Olivier Véran. It is “when there are serious reasons for believing that the document presented is not authentic or does not relate to the person presenting it” that an identity document may be requested, specifies an amendment.

It’s really not our job to be the cops

The government refers to a “banal” identity check, similar to that imposed on tobacconists to prevent the sale of tobacco to minors. And “when you pay by check, you are asked for your identity document”, insisted Prime Minister Jean Castex at the microphone of BFM / RMC this Thursday.

“We will comply with it, but we will not be able to demand 100% control, it is impossible,” says Didier Chenet, president of the GNI, an employers’ union which represents independent hotel and restaurant workers who are often reluctant to this control.

“It’s really not our job to be the cops. I am not a conspirator at all, I am vaccinated, but here I find that we are entering a dictatorship, ”laments Luc Minaire, owner of the Lyon stopper Le Musée. “Obviously I am the law, even if I do not agree,” he adds.

” Bad contact “

For Amandio Galhalo, owner of Mercado negro in Roubaix, a former textile factory converted into a bar and restaurant, “you have to deal with it, you have to get out of it”. “But it’s embarrassing: we question the word of the customer, it immediately creates a bad contact,” he says.

According to the Minister of Health, “5% of hospitalized patients” in France have fake health passes. If the text is adopted as it is – at its second reading in the Assembly, after having passed the Senate – holding a false pass will be punishable by five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros. Presenting one belonging to another or transmitting one for the purpose of fraudulent use will be punished by a fixed fine of 1,000 euros, against 135 euros today.

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Hoteliers, cafetiers and restaurateurs are especially worried about the drop in activity due to health constraints such as reinforced teleworking, reports the employers who urge the government to guarantee that “companies in difficulty will be able to be helped up to their loss of figure. current business ”, specifies Hervé Becam.

“This is the first concern of our professionals today”, he summarizes, with “the repayment of loans guaranteed by the State (PGE)” and the possibility of seeing partial unemployment compensated “at the same height that in the midst of the crisis ”, a year ago.

Same observation of Didier Chenet: the bosses are “much more worried about compensation which today does not meet our expectations”. Organizations in the sector are preparing to publish a survey of 3,000 companies, assessing their loss of activity.

This week, companies in difficulty obtained increased aid, as well as the possibility of spreading their PGE repayments up to 10 years and postponing the first repayment deadline by six months.

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