Re-opening: the owners of bars taken aback by Quebec

Réouverture: les tenanciers de bars pris de court par Québec

If the re-opening of bars is in itself good news, the way that Quebec has chosen to announce it is the subject of some ire among the tenants.

“The idea is that learning to 14h that the bars will re-open at 16: 30, it was impossible yesterday for most of the bars to be ready,” says Pierre Thibault, president of the Association of the Bar of Quebec.

Mr. Thibault denounces, moreover, the management “a little strange” of public health. In his opinion, keepers have had little margin of manoeuvre to bail out the stock, to remind the employees and comply with the health standards imposed.

“There are people perhaps who had prepared the hit because we knew it was coming, but since the departure in the world of bars we feel that it is very difficult for the government to make the planning,” says Mr. Thibault.

The sanitary measures to be followed will be essentially the same as elsewhere. Pierre Thibault acknowledges, however, that social distancing may be the biggest challenge.

Mr. Thibault is adamant : the facilities will not be cost-effective.

“This is not really cost effective at the level of the abilities that are diminished greatly with two meters distance. It means that travelling at roughly 30 % of the maximum capacity”, he says.

He rejoices all the same, the wage subsidy provided by Ottawa and hope that economic measures will be announced by the minister of the Economy of Quebec Pierre Fitzgibbon to help the institutions regarded as nightclubs that are not able to open.

“What we hope, is that there is a little bit of indulgence for everyone, both at the level of the police and the CNESST” asks Mr. Thibault, if only for two or three days to adapt to the new reality.

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