The representatives of the sector must be received by the Ministry of Tourism at the end of the week in order to discuss the establishment of a “sector committee” and the fate of the 100,000 direct jobs concerned.

Unlike bars and cafes, nightclubs are still not allowed to reopen.  (STÉPHANE MILHOMME / FRANCE-INFO)

“We are very worried about our future”, alarmed Tuesday, June 2 on franceinfo Aurélien Dubois, president of the Union Chamber of musical, festive and nocturnal places (CSLMF), manager of the Dehors Brut club in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Night establishments are still not authorized to reopen in France. The Prime Minister did mention “A possible reopening on June 22”, but Aurélien Dubois “Do not see how we could apply a health protocol of distancing when the characteristic of our activity, it is the gathering (…) Lower attendance means breaking the DNA of our establishments.”

franceinfo: How do you cope with not being able to resume your activity when the whole country or almost restarts?

Aurélien Dubois: So, we are already very happy for our fellow restaurateurs, for the people who have bars and establishments that they can reopen, that life can restart. But indeed, our members are very worried and so are we, as leaders of professional organizations and unions, about the silence that has been installed for many weeks now and the uncertainty of our reopening. We heard the Prime Minister speak the other day, in his speech of a possible reopening on June 22, that we would be kept informed. We make a lot of noise, we try to be heard. To do this, we set up working groups, we approached the various ministries. But today, to this day, we are not explained the procedures, the roadmap, and we are very worried about our future.

Concretely, how can one imagine a discotheque with the principles of health precaution? How do you imagine that?

Today, we cannot imagine it, simply because lowering attendance and the gauge means breaking the DNA of our establishments. Our DNA is the gathering, social cohesion, the bond, coming to discuss, exchange, see artists all together, share these moments of passion and music, of celebration. And indeed, today, we do not see how we could apply a sanitary distancing protocol when the essence of our activity is gathering. And so, that’s why we issued press releases and contacted the various departments. And Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State for Tourism, normally receives us at the end of the week in order to set up a sector committee precisely to find solutions. This sector committee would be called Nuits, festive musical places and of life, because obviously our environment is also life, it is cohesion, it is the cohesion of the city. We really need to find solutions and health protocols that apply.

The middle of the night, does that represent how many employees, how many intermittents who have not been able to work for more than two months?

Our direct line of festive, musical and nightlife establishments is roughly 100,000 direct jobs, 100,000 indirect jobs, around 2 billion euros in turnover and an entire ecosystem that revolves around intermittent workers. , but also artists, music producers, phonographic publishers. We are also a vector of artistic discoveries, of emergence. It is an entire ecosystem that we have built with local communities, with riparian committees, with ministries and municipalities. It was really a lot of work, and it will collapse if unfortunately there is no understanding today of our problem.