MONTREAL | Since the government announced on Thursday that the bars should stop serving alcohol at midnight and that they should limit their customer base to 50% of their capacity, owners are sceptical about the survival of their institutions.
Mike Sicuso, and Richard Janelle, owners of the Small 26 in the district of Villeray, no longer mince words. With the reduction of 50 % of their capacity, the Small 26 will now be a maximum of 12 people.
“The question [to ask yourself] is: is it possible to pay our accounts?” said Mr. Sicuso, in insurgeant in the face of the refusal of additional aid for the bars by the government at the point of release of the public Health on Thursday.
Of the “disciplinary measures should be applied to offenders and not to the whole of the bars,” added Mr. Sicuso.
The two owners were in prior partnerships with restaurants-bars to expand their customer base. The institutions that were closing down at midnight, suggested to their customers even on-the-spot to go to the Small 26, that is no longer possible.
“Now, what are the competitors”, he explained.
The owner of the Drinkerie Ste.Kinga on Notre-Dame street West, Simon Dunn, includes the decision taken by the public Health. “It does not make us happy”, he, however, wanted to say.
“They have played their card. They have raised the doubt that they were going to close us out completely. By telling us: ‘you close at midnight’, it is best to close it completely. But for some places, close to midnight, it means to close it completely”, he expressed.
Questioned as to whether he is a victim of the actions of other institutions in recent weeks, Mr. Dunn is emphatic. “It is certain”, he expressed briefly.
“I don’t think there is anyone who cares completely for the safety of its customers. I just think that some take it lightly and lose control”, a-t-put it in context.
Despite these new measures, the Drinkerie Ste.Kinga will remain open. “We will continue to fight until the end”, he maintained.
The late night clubs?
In addition to having to stop serving alcohol and close their doors at 1 a.m., bars must prevent their customers from dancing. Emily Amyot, owner of the Ping Pong Club and the nightclub Ms. Lee on Ontario, will not Mrs. Lee. “You’re going to a club to dance, to be glued and to be standing”, she said, explaining that she also lacks furniture to seat everyone.
These measures are likely to cause a change of vocation of Ms. Lee. “You can’t outrun the world. You can’t dance to the world, it has no seats, and in addition it closes at midnight. All the clubs will not be able to reopen”, she thinks about the coming days of the clubs.
With respect to these new measures, the owner of two bars deplores the lack of openness of the government.
“They cut it all away! They did it quickly,” said the one that noted a marked decrease in the number of interventions with its clients in the last week compared to the previous one.
Finish the evening to midnight only move the problem to a new location, ahead of Mrs. Amyot.
“People are going to go in the houses make a house party. People will not go to bed at midnight,” she concluded.