Quebec has announced, Thursday, the three new rules surrounding the opening of bars in the context of the pandemic.
The bars will need to first of all stop selling alcohol at midnight, and the customers must have left the premises before 1am.
- Listen to the interview of the president of the Union of the tenants of the bars of Quebec Peter Sergakis with Jean-François Baril at QUB Radio:
In addition, the capacity of the bars will be reduced to 50% of their legal capacity and the dance will be prohibited. The clients will therefore have to remain seated.
The minister of Health and social Services, Christian Dubé, has also indicated that the police presence would be increased in busy places, in order to comply with the safety instructions.
- LISTEN to the interview of Éric Lefrançois, spokesperson and co-founder of the association of the bar of Quebec, with Vincent Dessureault at QUB radio:
Although this measure is not part of the order imposed by the government, Legault, the creation of a register in bars is strongly recommended.
“The registry is for public health and would lead and conclude the investigation more quickly [in the event of an outbreak]”, said Mr. Dubé.
The latter cited as an example the case of the Mile Public House in Quartier Dix30, in Brossard, where an outbreak occurred last weekend.
The public health Directorate of the Montérégie region had then launched an appeal on social networks in order to retrieve the customers who had frequented the establishment.
“When there’s an outbreak, it is necessary to smother as quickly as possible and contact the people,” says the minister of Health.
Mr. Dubé said he worried about the number of new cases daily exceed the mark of 100 infected people.
“Not to follow the instructions public, it’s a sign of selfishness”, he decided.
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