Pierre Guillou is happy to be serving holiday-makers once more on the seaside restaurant he manages on this French seaside resort, but the COVID-19 epidemic isn’t removed from his thoughts.
A restaurant 500 metres from his institution needed to shut once they recorded instances of the virus, and he has needed to flip away a small variety of prospects who refused to wear a masks.
“It’s heavy,” said Guillou, supervisor of the Fils de Maman restaurant, describing the challenges of juggling the summer time season and its rush of holidaymakers with the actual fact France is still within the grip of an epidemic.
In whole, France has recorded over 30,000 deaths linked to COVID-19. Months of strict lockdown have resulted in a large drop within the numbers of individuals getting contaminated, and the numbers in hospital with the virus.
Guillou’s restaurant, in La Baule-Escoublac on France’s Atlantic coast, was certainly one of a whole bunch of hundreds of eating places, cafes and bars allowed to re-open when restrictions had been eased.
Yet there have been remoted flare-ups of the virus in elements of France, and in neighbouring Spain some lockdown restrictions have been re-imposed to include a surge centred on the city of Barcelona.
In La Baule this week, the seashores thronged with sunbathers and tourists flocked to the retailers.
The city mayor, Franck Louvrier, said he can be vigilant to ensure individuals had been respecting COVID security precautions, particularly the carrying of masks in enclosed public areas.
“I wouldn’t want COVID to return on our territory,” he said. “My only objective is to protect the population. So if there’s a situation that gets worse, we will obviously take more drastic measures to protect residents.”
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