A delinquent restaurant on break

A delinquent restaurant on break

The Laval restaurant blamed last week for non-compliance with health measures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily closed its doors.

Michel Imad, owner of the Lordia restaurant, wrote on September 24 on the establishment's Facebook page that he had retained the services of a firm “specialized in preventionists”.

He explains that the firm involved must formulate recommendations in order to respect the “highest safety standards required by public health”.

The restaurant even planned to reopen its doors for a musical evening on October 3, but that was before the Legault government ordered, on Monday, the closure of the dining rooms of all restaurants in the greater Montreal area.

The situation at Lordia has caused a lot of reaction since the publication, last Tuesday, of a report from our Investigation Office, which had attended a festive evening bringing together more than 200 people in the establishment, on September 19.

Several risky behaviors and even prohibited by public health had been observed there, such as dancing and getting together within two meters, without a mask, in a public place.

The Minister of Health Christian Dubé had described the evening as “completely unacceptable”.

It was not possible to reach Michel Imad on Monday.

More police surveillance

The Laval Police Department (SPL) told us on Monday that it had gone to the Lordia restaurant last Thursday. Officers found that the facility was closed.

During this weekend, the SPL made about sixty visits to restaurants and bars in its territory.

He produced three offense reports. One for not respecting the number of people allowed at a table as well as two for not respecting a physical distance of two meters between people. About fifteen verbal warnings were also given.

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