The City of Chartres wants to support cafeterias and restaurateurs, who will be able to reopen their establishments from Tuesday, June 2, 2020, but with constraints linked to the health crisis, such as the spacing of tables and the ban on standing consumption for customers in bars.
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The mayor of Chartres, Jean-Pierre Gorges, accompanied by his new trade assistant, Daniel Guéret, announced yesterday that the food shops will be able to enlarge their terraces and spread them out in the streets and squares of the city, from Tuesday next. Those who don’t have one could take the plunge. The objective is to offer them the possibility of welcoming a maximum of customers.
Rights of suspended terraces
The City wishes to limit the costs for merchants, in this particular context. They will be exempt from terrace fees, for the months of June, July and August.
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“Life has to go on, otherwise it will be a double penalty for traders. We want to say to the 150,000 inhabitants of the Chartres agglomeration “Welcome home”. We’re going to have a Chartres 2020 summer, ”explains Jean-Pierre Gorges.
“We have widened the pedestrian areas. There is space to extend the terraces. The goal is that the hypercentre turns into a big party for neighbors, while respecting health safety rules. “
Jean-Pierre Gorges (Mayor of Chartres)
The mayor is concerned that consumers may not want to go inside cafes and restaurants, whose rooms are sometimes cramped. “We have widened the pedestrian areas. There is space to extend the terraces. The goal is that the hypercentre turns into a big party for neighbors, while respecting health safety rules. “
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The city of Chartres normally has a hundred terraces, according to the town hall. “We could double their number. The idea is that the 208 stores concerned have the possibility of serving people outside. We don’t give a limit. Whenever it is possible to put chairs and tables outside, we will authorize food outlets to do so, “adds Jean-Pierre Gorges. In return, vehicles will not be allowed to circulate in the hypercentre.
A support platform for cafes, hotels and restaurants
These new provisions also apply to establishments located in neighborhoods, especially in the lower town and in the Madeleine and Clos mails.
Daniel Guéret is responsible for monitoring these measures, which aim in particular to compensate for the expected drop in the number of foreign visitors this summer.
The Trade Assistant will organize a weekly meeting to collect feedback. “We will make sure that the administration is no more fussy than normal,” said Daniel Guéret.