Nightclubs: open or put in danger

Discothèques: ouvrir ou se mettre en péril

Many clubs choose to stay shut or at least to delay their opening unlike the beer bars and cocktails, according to the associations of bars in Quebec.

This is the case of Café Campus, which has published its position on Facebook. “We are a place of celebration and gathering, and we welcome an average of 300 to 500 people per night. There is no sense for us to host a maximum of 50 people seated who do not have the right to dance”, is it possible to read it on their page.

The co-founder and president of the association of the bar of Quebec (NABQ), Pierre Thibault, believes that the discos do not have the necessary equipment to seat 50 people. “[Invest to purchase tables and chairs], so that one is already in debt after three months of closure. Is it that people are going to go to a nightclub to sit?” says he.

Peter Sergakis, the Union of the tenants of the bars of Quebec (UTBQ), is of the same opinion. “According to me, nobody is going to open. Public health has asked everyone to be seated. In a bar, it doesn’t work. […] This is not operable as it’s a nightclub, people come there to dance. It’s going to later,” he predicts.

Open or put in danger

The bartender of the nightclub Apt.200, Zach Macklovitch, is of the opinion that open or stay closed is a difficult decision and that he will have to review its business model. “We can’t stay longer closed because our owners were going to ask us to open it: “The government tells you to open, you should open and start to pay the rent.” The problem is that if we open ourselves up to a capacity of 50 persons and that everyone must be seated, it can not achieve the number of sales for that business to survive”, evaluate it, choosing to try his luck and re-starting his business.

Mr. Thibault wants the ministry of Economy and Innovation draws up a plan to help these companies get through the crisis. “We just want a message that tells us, “do you not, it was an economic plan for you”. There, it is in the nothingness. Treat everyone equal, you pay all of the taxes on the payroll, like any other business”, the critical t-he bearing in mind that the bars are also small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES) that survive poorly in the crisis.

Stay alive, without viruses, without fines

Mr. Macklovitch is concerned about the spread of the virus and to respect the rules. “It is always a job to support our customers and to ensure an environment that is fun and safe. Now with the regulations, it is double and triple the intensity of these measures there,” he explains.

“We are all in a financial situation stressful. We are afraid of ending up with a fine that may cost us dear”, he says, adding that a small business that receives a high fine could go towards a bankruptcy.

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