Preventing air conditioning and heating for restaurants and cafes in Paris

Air conditioning or heating of the balconies of cafes, bars and restaurants in France is now banned under a law aimed at combating climate change.

The executive decree issued on Thursday, starting this decision, clarified that “the use of heating or air-conditioning systems that consume energy and work in the open air” is now “prohibited in the public space,” including devices operating with green energy sources.

Some French municipalities have already issued decrees in this regard.

However, heating or cooling will remain available for covered or fully closed balconies in bars, cafes and restaurants.

The decree stipulated the signing of a fine as of June 30, amounting to 1,500 euros for natural persons in violation, doubled in the event of a repeat violation, and 7,500 euros for legal persons, raised to 30 thousand euros in the event of a repeat violation.

And the main French employers’ union in this sector said in a statement that there was “no escape” from this measure decided by the Citizen Climate Council formed in 2019, although it indicated that these balconies “represented a great investment and contributed to compensating for the ban on smoking inside” cafes, restaurants and bars. .

The ban does not include balconies on private property.


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