Still affected by the last-minute closure of their restaurants during the New Year festival, the restaurants have no news from the government regarding the upcoming reopening, but some reductions in sanitary measures were announced this week.
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Pierre Morey, CEO of the Restos Pleasures Group in the Quebec region, lamented in an interview that “we can no longer always be the first to close and reopen.” Quebec newspaper.
“Last closure, we had a hard time understanding it. We were able to keep the bubbles open. When I was walking in the supermarkets and people were walking around with masks on their noses and I did not know if they were vaccinated, I think it’s safe in my restaurants,” he explained.
The restaurant owners do not know when they will start their operations at this time and will not have any conversation with the government.
“We need imagination, we can not reopen such a restaurant! We want to know a little earlier. We do not have information at the moment. Add yourself to our employees who have repeatedly stopped working four times in a span of almost two years. I do not understand what these people are experiencing,” Mr. More said. Denied.
The CEO of Restos Plaisirs is expected to reopen its foundations in early February. At this point, he can count on specific government assistance, especially federal government assistance.
“Quebec does not belong to the government: it’s a very complex program that only applies to people with working capital problems, it’s not easy to manage, there are a lot of standards, it’s organized locally.
Restaurant owners can no longer take yo-yos, even those who adhere to the health measures kept by Quebec, whether wearing a mask, checking a health passport, keeping a distance, or having reduced capabilities, Mr More said.
The last closure was the grass that broke the camel’s back.
“I rarely look at restaurants with anger. The last closure, they find it very difficult. The closing, just hours before December 31, signifies what, in terms of management, is just nothing. The government must listen to the concerns of these traders and, above all, we must be open, ”he concluded.
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