MONTREAL – Several restaurateurs montreal’s renowned do not want to play the police health with their customers when their facilities will re-open in a week.
Jean-François Corriveau, co-owner of the popular restaurants Grinder, Meat Grinder and Makro, in Griffintown, questions the steps to follow when group reservations.
“We are told that we have the right to make reservations for a group of 10 people, but these people must come from the same family, and if they are not, what is it made of? This is not clear…”, said Mr. Corriveau.
“That’s what I’m going to have to carter everyone who comes to the table? Is what I’m going to have to play it to the police?”, he asked.
The 22 June next, the public health request to the restaurants of greater Montreal, which reopened to comply with several standards, such as the mandatory wearing of masks for the employees, the frequent washing of hands, the limited number of customers, distancing physical tables at two meters and the respect a gathering maximum of 10 persons, which include persons of a maximum of three households.
“The same guidelines that apply to persons who welcome people to the interior of their houses also apply to restaurants,” said François Meunier, VP of public and government affairs of the Association Restoration Québec (ARQ).
“And if restaurants do not comply with these standards, and that they become places of gatherings, they will be subject to fines of up to$ 6,000”, he stressed.
On this point, Mr. Corriveau says he will put in place all these measures, but admits that it will rely also on the good faith of the customer.
“The rules and the information that we must adhere to, such as come from the same home, will be well shown on the panels of the restaurant. But, I won’t start to ask for a driving licence. I really want the customers to behave responsibly,” said the latter, who feels already the excitement of the customers, number reservations that fill up the voice mailbox.
Jorge Da Silva, director-general of the Group Ryù, abounds in the same direction.
“Me neither, I don’t want to play the police. People are adults and responsible for… And let’s say that I decide I want to carter to everyone and that they do not come from the same house, what is it, I’m going to “kick out”? It is not the police,” said the manager of two restaurants located in the city centre.
“It makes me think of the time when the police asked the restaurateurs not to accommodate criminals… We do not ask each customer if he was part of the organized crime. It is not we, the police force,” he said.
On his side, Caroline Desgagné, owner of the restaurant, Mélisse, in Old Montreal, try a different strategy rather than monitoring clients.
“I don’t think I’m going to re-open on the inside. I’ll keep my small window open for orders. I think I’m going to disperse my tables on the terrace outside and the customers will pick up their food at the window. I don’t want to play the police inside and I don’t want to disguise my employees a mask”, she revealed.