The city of Paris is extending “Exceptionally” until June 2021 the extension of the terraces of bars and restaurants in the Parisian public space, “Given the scale of the crisis hitting the sector”, the first deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Grégoire, told AFP on Thursday August 27.
This measure, which was announced at the end of May by the mayor (PS) of Paris Anne Hidalgo for more than 8,000 Parisian establishments, “Comes with several counterparts”, including the closure of the terraces at 10 p.m. and the limitation of noise pollution for residents, said Emmanuel Grégoire.
To ensure “The good harmony between the terraces and their neighborhood”, checks and penalties for offenders (for overruns of space, schedule and noise pollution for example) will be “Reinforced”, and the fine increased from 168 to 500 euros. But the results of the experiment are “Hyper positive”, with “Very satisfactory self-regulation”, and “A real effort by restaurateurs to respect the rules”, assured the chosen one, evoking “A few dozen cases of abuse” identified.
For this winter, warned Emmanuel Grégoire, “We will not allow the heating of these ephemeral terraces. We will learn to do differently, like other countries are doing ”.
The president of the Union of Festive Places and Diversity (Sneg), Olivier Robert, greeted on Facebook the “Extension of the 8,000 ephemeral terraces ordered by the Mayor until June 2021”, the “Free of charge for terrace taxes until June 2021” and states that “The 50% taxes already collected in July will be credited or refunded”.
The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo announced at the end of May the possibility for cafes, bars and restaurants to occupy part of the Parisian public space free of charge with their terraces, in order to help them start again economically after several months of closure.
Conditions had been enacted: online registration and compliance with a 10-point charter, including compliance with the sanitary and cleanliness protocol, the closure of terraces at 10 p.m. and the limitation of noise pollution for residents.
Longer term, “We are going to revise the rules for displays and terraces”, which dates from the first term of office of Bertrand Delanoë, said Emmanuel Grégoire, “To record a number of things from this feedback”.