Restauranteurs and their staff held protests outside their establishments in Paris on Friday, October 2, to urge the French government not to order tighter restrictions in the capital. The demonstrators wore black armbands and banged pots and pans amid fears over the impact further closures could have on the hospitality sector. Bars and restaurants in the capital are currently required to close at 22:00 (local time), but due to rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, the Health Minister Olivier Veran has stated that the region could be placed on maximum COVID-19 alert as soon as Monday, October 5. Under the enhanced restrictions, it is expected that bars and restaurants will be closed for two weeks, as has been the case in Marseille. Authorities are reportedly monitoring the epidemiological situation over the weekend before making a final decision on restrictions.
Further unrest over the issue is likely over the weekend, with associated demonstrations possible in the capital.
Those in Paris are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the vicinity of any demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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