The bars in the gay Village in Montreal to realize approximately 30% to 40% of their sales after midnight, and a closing early might have a disastrous impact on their industry, feared Société de développement commercial (SDC) of the district.
On Thursday, the minister of Health, Christian Bolduc has ordered bars to stop selling alcohol from midnight, due to several overflows that have occurred in schools, which has not been the case of several bars according to the instructions to the letter.
“There may be some overflow, we are not at the shelter, has tempered the director-general of the SDC du Village, Yannick Brouillette. But the bars in the village are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of all in the time of a pandemic.”
Mr. Brouillette is visibly disappointed by this situation, particularly as it is estimated that the bars in the corner have paid an average of between 3000 $ and 6000 $ in health care facilities to ensure the safety of customers.
“If it requires the closing at midnight, we would really like to receive financial assistance from the Quebec government. After all, the area of the bars is as valid as the other sectors,” he pleaded.
Even more than in the gay Village, 52% of businesses in the artery of Sainte-Catherine Is belong to the industry of restaurants and bars.
“It is a pity that the restaurants can open it later, but that this is not permitted on the side of the bars. There is a certain imbalance”, he judged.
Each year, thousands of tourists travel to the gay Village to enjoy the summer.