The fact that the Montreal region could move into the orange zone raises a lot of concerns in the bar and restaurant world.
The regions of Montreal, Chaudière-Appalaches and Capitale-Nationale should go to the orange alert level due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
This therefore implies that bars and restaurants in these regions should close their doors as of 10 p.m. A measure that could mean the end for many establishments that had already been heavily affected by the first confinement.
The Corporation of Quebec Bar and Tavern Owners says bars currently only make 30 to 35% of their turnover. Closing at 10 p.m. would hurt them.
“This is one more step towards permanent closures. If we further reduce our hours of operation, there are many owners who do not make it through, that's obvious, ”explains Renaud Poulin of the Corporation of owners of bars and taverns.
According to the Corporation, closing the bars at 10 p.m. would only risk shifting the problem. “We are convinced that they will go to private parties, that's obvious,” adds Mr. Poulin.
Another measure associated with the orange tier would also be to reduce private gatherings from 10 to 6 people.
A restaurateur in Old Montreal demands compensation from the government. “The disease does not come from us, leave us alone and if you believe that our profession is the evil of all the disease, close us and pay us so that we do not go bankrupt,” says Eric Luksenberg.
The change of level could also have consequences for cinemas. The entrepreneur Vincent Guzzo believes that the sanitary measures are already quite strict.
“Across the world, there has been no outbreak that is reported in theaters. I don't expect big changes in the way we operate cinemas now, ”he said.
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