Customers worried about the future of their favourite bistro, café or restaurant can help them survive the economic downturn caused by the lockdown restrictions by paying for a future dinner in advance.
To help owners maintain a level of cash flow while staying closed – and to give those locked in something to look forward to in the coming months – several online initiatives have launched platforms where people can pay for later visits straight away.
France issued a strict, nationwide lockdown starting on May 17th. The country's cafés, bars and restaurants had already been ordered shut a couple of days earlier along with cinemas, museums and concert halls in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Only 5 percent of the French restaurant sector has been able to keep business running during the lockdown by limiting their services to delivery and takeaway.
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France is a country known to be fond of its food and drink establishments, and many are missing having meals out together with friends or family. Photo: AFP
For many business owners, that has sounded a death knell, especially for those already badly hit by transport strikes in December that caused their number of visitors to plunge.
Any establishment can sign up for these online initiatives.
Bar Solidaire – supported by several beer brands – offers beer vouchers of equal value to the customer's order on top.