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An individual took advantage of the closure of restaurants in the midst of a pandemic to collect 8,134 francs in two months.

With his improvised bistro, a citizen without a license collected 8134 francs in two months.

With his improvised bistro, a citizen without a license collected 8134 francs in two months.

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Improvising a bistro at home, when the restaurants were closed, was tempting, at the heart of the pandemic. A citizen of Bassecourt has taken the plunge, as reported by “Le Quotidien Jurassien”. Without authorization, he arranged the ground floor of his house and part of his terrace, from 10 am until the evening.

In a residential area, he put up signs marked “It’s all green”, “Here we don’t pass” or “Health”. Beers, wines, aperitifs, minerals and crisps were offered without a ticket: visitors slipped a contribution into a piggy bank.

The illegal tenant was holding a notebook, discovered during a search conducted by five gendarmes. From December 22 to January 21, he collected 4470 francs. Rebelote four months later, this time with 3,664 francs in monthly revenue. Of these 8134 francs generated by his bistro, the clandestine must subtract a fine of 2400 francs.

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The illegal proprietor defended himself by saying that people have been drinking drinks at his place for ages, anytime but especially after the restaurants have closed. These visitors left money for drinks, but they also urinated around the house, a practice that has accelerated during the pandemic.

Denounced by a neighbor, the bistro owner was found guilty of having organized gatherings of more than five to ten people when it was prohibited. According to the penal order, he repeatedly violated the cantonal order concerning the measures intended to combat the Covid-19 epidemic. For having organized darts games beyond 10 p.m., he was also found guilty of nocturnal noise, specifies the “QJ”.

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