MARSEILLE (Reuters) – On the quayside of the old port of Marseille in France, several restaurants on Monday opposed the government's order to close for two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, saying they had little to lose.
The closure, which went into effect at midnight on Sunday, angry local politicians, restaurant owners and employees who said it was disproportionate to the risk and would destroy the local economy.
"COVID has not returned to bars and restaurants," said a restaurant owner who was open for lunch. "I have 60 kg of mussels that need to be consumed."
"We have no money overnight and we have families to feed," said the restaurateur, who did not want to reveal his identity.
Opponents of the closure have filed a legal request to have it lifted.
The petition, protests in the Mediterranean port city and the defiant stance of some restaurateurs indicate simmering public resentment as the government tightened COVID restrictions again.
The UMIH union said it hoped the courts would overturn the government order but was not encouraging its members to break the law.
"We have to respect the law even if we don't agree," said UMIH President and restaurant owner Bernard Marty.
The pandemic has killed 31,700 people and infected more than half a million in France.
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