Restaurant owners from Greater Montreal will challenge the Legault government on January 30 and open their dining rooms, ignoring the health regulations in force.
Some restaurateurs have expressed their position in the last days on social networks.
According to what we can read in a publication that has circulated a lot recently on Instagram, an invitation is launched to traders, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs and sports associations to join “a national mass movement without (code) QR” to open their establishments at 30 January 2022. According to the rules in force, restaurants can only serve take-out or delivery meals.
Le Kesté, a restaurant located on Fairmount Street West in Montreal, will open on that date. In a publication on their Instagram account, the Montreal establishment justifies its choice by affirming that it can no longer “comply with arbitrary measures”.
«[Ces mesures] have proven ineffective in solving the problem we all face. If nothing changes and we don’t take a stand, small businesses will turn into something of the past, ”we read.
“As a city, we must all work together to stop allowing unnecessary containment that no one supports. We cannot repair the damage done in the past, but we can certainly prevent it from happening again, ”adds the man who invites restaurateurs to join them.
The Cafe-teria Europa, a Laval restaurant, has also taken a stand, sharing the same publication. For their part, the establishment emphasizes that the vaccination passport “is not relevant”.
Vincenzo Guzzo, owner of Cinémas Guzzo, also reposted the said photo on his Instagram account, without however clearly indicating whether he was going to take part in the movement.
Not a good idea, according to a bar association
The president of the Corporation of the owners of bars, brasseries and taverns of Quebec (CPBBTQ), Renaud Poulin, was informed of the situation by one of its members who wanted to join the movement. Renaud Poulin disapproves of this protest movement.
“Defying the laws tarnishes the image of the industry and may cause the government to be tougher on our industry,” he said.
However, the president of the CPBBTQ stipulates that he “will notify François Legault today of the disarray in which thousands of traders find themselves currently due to the health measures imposed by his government.”
“The financial situation is increasingly unsustainable for all these entrepreneurs,” he adds.