Outbreak of COVID-19 in the bars of Montreal

Flambée de cas de COVID-19 dans les bars de Montréal

The Montreal public Health is asking all those who have been to a bar since the 1st of July to test for the COVID-19, after noticing an outbreak in several drinking establishments on the island.

In the past 11 days, at least 5 bars in montreal have hosted customers or employees are carriers of the coronavirus, have found the specialists in charge of epidemiological investigations.

Public Health does not name the institutions concerned, but said to have communicated with their officials to warn some people exposed to the virus.

“However, ( … ) several clients were not able to be tracked and it is very likely that other institutions have been frequented by the case”, says the public Health to justify this call at all.

All those who have to take the test may call at 514-644-4545 to be directed to the right resource.

The organization states that “the region of Montréal experienced an increase in the proportion of cases occurring in young people 15 to 39 years, since the last few weeks”.

The Montreal public Health should hold a press conference on Saturday at 16: 30 on the bars.

The situation in bars is a cause for concern for several days, especially after several cases have been seen in people who have attended the Mile Public House in quartier DIX30 in Brossard.

Accordingly, on Thursday, the government Legault has announced a number of measures to try to reduce the spread in the bars, where the detachment physics is often not respected.

Institutions no longer have the right to serve alcoholic beverages after midnight, and they must close their doors at 1am.

Also, like the restaurants, the bars cannot now accommodate only half of their capacity.

“We see a bit everywhere in the world, especially in the United States, that bars are places that are conducive to the spread, and it is true that we have seen in several places, here, in Québec”, said Thursday the new minister of Health Christian Dubé.

The minister has also suggested that the owners of bars did not comply with the rules risk sanctions.

More details to come.

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