A thick fog descends on cultural places. While a review date was set for Wednesday, January 20, the “New health situation, with the appearance of Covid variants, does not allow us to announce a process of reopening cinemas, museums and theaters”, indicates the entourage of the Minister of Culture. “We are facing a new chapter in the epidemic which deprives us of visibility”, recognized Roselyne Bachelot on Tuesday before the Cultural Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.
The framework has radically changed”, estimates the Rue de Valois. No deadline is set for the construction of a “Resilient model” operation of cultural venues, which would consist of gradually reopening while ensuring the health safety of spectators. “With this second chapter of the crisis and the questions facing more contaminating variants, we can understand that the precautionary principle prevails”, defends the minister.
Professionals in the sectors concerned therefore have no horizon on a recovery date. In this very gloomy context, the ministry promises to “Extend economic and financial support” of the sector, stopped since October 30, 2020. “We are entering a second stage in order to update the budgetary calibrations of cross-cutting measures (exemptions from social charges, partial activity without out-of-pocket expenses, loan guaranteed by the State) and specific measures (safeguard fund, emergency fund ) “, explains the cabinet of Roselyne Bachelot. He specifies that the two devices are added to help cultural actors “As long as the Covid crisis lasts”.
Some 7.1 billion euros in aid (including 3.2 billion euros of cross-cutting measures) were mobilized in 2020, and this figure could rise to 7.4 billion euros for 2021.
“Intermittents are not all equal”
As for the extension of the “white year” for intermittent entertainment workers beyond August 31, “An instruction work will be carried out with the office of the Minister of Labor and the social partners in order to quantify the populations most affected by the crisis”, promises the Rue de Valois. Believing that “Intermittents are not all equal in the current situation – the audiovisual sector, for example, works ”, the possibility of postponing the “white year” would only concern certain “Profiles”. “We are looking at the situations and should see them more clearly during February”, specifies the cabinet of Roselyne Bachelot.
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