Merchants lose customers to contain the outbreak

Des commerçants se privent de clients pour contenir l’éclosion

Traders from Mercier, in Montérégie, have decided to voluntarily close the establishment for help to contain the outbreak, which affects their city, where there are now more than 120 cases of coronavirus.

“If we listened to our side contractor, it fails to close. But it is a personal choice and a professional, ” says Ugo Dieumegarde, head to the Resto-bar La Chapelle.

It was announced last Sunday to its customers that it would cease its operation temporarily “in the interest of precaution and solidarity,” less than two weeks after its reopening.

Two days later, the Brewery distillery free Field followed this past the not.

“We wanted to be part of the solution rather than the problem,” says Alex Ganivet-Boileau, co-owner of the microbrewery, which does not give access to its tasting room or on its terrace of 50 places manipulated.

The decision of these traders is influenced by a outbreak of cases of COVID-19 in the region, which has forced several businesses in Mercier – whose Restaurant Gregory and bakery Fantasy of the wheat – to close temporarily.

A lesser evil

A temporary closure is a lesser evil to help curb the spread of the virus in the small town of 14 000 inhabitants, said Mr Ganivet-Boileau. He specifies that neither the customers nor the employees of the free Field have contracted the coronavirus.

Since the announcement of the closure of the terrace, Tuesday afternoon, several people writing to him to thank him for taking the lead and have the health of the community at heart.

“It is super ingrained in our community. It was the right thing to do, ” said humbly the brewer.

Sign that the déconfinement is a topic that is polarizing, others have made it known to the co-owner of Resto-bar La Chapelle that they disagreed with his decision to put her school on pause.

“There are traders who are not shy to tell me that I made a mistake to close “, said Ugo Dieumegarde, who does not regret his decision.

“Because I wanted to maintain the health of our customers, our employees, but also of our reputation. “

Pending tests negative

The owner of a snack from the region, which has an employee infected, their is grateful for it.

“Kudos to these shops-there. No one is forced to close, ” says Jean-François Grégoire, the Restaurant Grégoire.

He intends to reopen as soon as all of its employees have received the negative result of a screening test.

Public health will hold a testing clinic mobile on July 9 at the community center-Roger Tougas, at the request of the City of Mercier, who is “aware and concerned” by the resurgence of cases.

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