CORONAVIRUS: PARIS BARS ON LOCKDOWN AND TOURISM AFFECTED
Oh, Corona! Not even a bottle of Corona again! Really! Do we have to do most things at home and online? Just as we thought it couldn’t get worse, France was hit with a more severe reality.
Paris-Paris-Paris, a capital with a very rich history, France’s beacon of hope and one of Europe’s pride. The Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral have both welcomed many visitors from around the world. The Coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been fair to any city and even the reputation of Paris seems not to mean anything at this stage.
As at yesterday (October 6th, 2020), Paris shut all bars after the infection rate required for a shutdown was reached. Although other countries might have their criteria or threshold for triggering an alert, in France, the maximum alert level is reached when the infection rate in a locality is greater than 250 infections per 100,000 people. Also, at least 30% of intensive care beds have to be reserved for patients that contracted the coronavirus.
It was reported that France reported 12,565 cases of Covid-19 on Sunday (October 4th, 2020). So, if the French government decided to shut down the bars for two weeks, at least there’s a good reason why it’s been done. The virus has crumbled businesses, families, and those in the health sector sacrificing longer hours at work just to ensure everyone is safe and the death rate is reduced. We hope that an effective cure is discovered soonest.
Also not left out from the shutdown are; swimming pools, fitness clubs, sports halls except some children’s activities. The lecture halls in the Universities can only be at 50% capacity to reduce the spread of the virus.
If you’re so desperate to go back to work, think about those around you even if you think you might be immune to the virus. There are companies out there that have embraced the idea of working from home, and if yours happen to fall into that category, then, go for it.
It’s terrifying that things are the way they are at the moment. But, it’s not all sad news for those in the hospitality industry, restaurants will remain open as long as they adhere to strict hygiene rules.
France is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world and it did not achieve that status if it wasn’t seen as an important place. The contribution of travel and tourism to the country’s GDP is almost beyond imagination when compared to developing countries or underdeveloped countries. High tourist numbers mean increased jobs in the industry, but with the virus, a gloomy outlook isn’t surprising.
According to Condor Ferries, international visitors in Paris spent $14.06 Billion in 2018, but we expect a lower figure in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus. With a city whose expected income from travellers has already plummeted due to shutdown of country borders, a shutdown of bars might result in bankruptcy and more job loss. But, as we always say, dead people have no business searching for jobs.
Our Paris, the home of fine wine, 5-star rated food, and fashion epic centre. Truly, we miss you.
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