“We have a month, a month and a half, two very sensitive months” because of the variants of Covid-19, the Prime Minister told a restaurateur on the sidelines of a visit to a farm in Saint-Eloi, in the Dig. However, “this variant risks driving us back, I do not know, perhaps to be re-defined”. “So we must put the package on vaccination” in March and April, he added, while the government wants to boost this weekend thanks to hundreds of thousands of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine remained in the cupboards.
Regarding the reopening of restaurants, at a still undetermined horizon, we must “be ready the day we can press the button”, underlined the Prime Minister. In this regard, “we will not be able to unplug immediately the device “of aid, said Jean Castex, which also provides for” symbolic actions “to support the sector, such as the enhancement of gastronomy in the second half of 2021.” The support of the State must be at the height of this bleeding that you have suffered “, insisted the Prime Minister about the sector” the most heavily and the longest impacted by the crisis “.
“We will be ready,” replied chef Stéphane Villetorte, who runs the Influence restaurant in Guéret. “What we would not like is a partial reopening, what we would like is a total reopening”. Questioned by the president of the urban community of Guéret, Eric Correia, on the situation of intermittent entertainment, Jean Castex invited them “to go for a walk in Germany, in Italy to see how much they are compensated”.
Jean Castex, recalling that the next few weeks will be “very sensitive” on the Covid-19 front, promised on Saturday that the government would “put the package on vaccination” and that it “will not unplug aid immediately” to the restaurant industry when it can reopen.