Legault Confirms That Montreal Bars Can Welcome Patrons Indoors as of June 14
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With Montreal’s restaurants now open, its bars can soon do the same The numbers associated with new coronavirus cases and administered vaccine doses continue to show that the situation is improving in Quebec. As a result, premier François Legault has decided to move forward with the next step in the province’s de-confinement plan, which includes reopening its bars.
In a press conference this afternoon, Legault confirmed that, as previously planned, Montreal would move into the yellow tier on Quebec’s colour-coded coronavirus alert scale on Monday, June 14. With that change, the city’s bars will be able usher customers back inside for the first time since October 1, 2020. For bars without a kitchen or restaurant permit, that’s meant over eight months without even the option of takeout or delivery — for food or cocktails.
Bars operating in yellow zones must comply with the following public health measures: not exceed 50 percent of the maximum capacity stipulated by their liquor licence; maintain a two-meter distance between tables; keep a registry of customer contact information; prohibit dancing and singing (sorry karaoke fans); and close at midnight, with alcohol sales ending an hour earlier. Patrons sharing a table should not belong to more than two residences.
The zone change relaxes measures for restaurants, too. Since resuming outdoor dining on May 28 and indoor dining yesterday, June 7, restaurants have had to ensure that a maximum of two adults from different addresses be seated at a single table, as per the public health guidelines applicable to orange zones. But, in the yellow tier, the rule is loosened so that however many occupants from two addresses may sit together at a restaurant table.
As previously confirmed, bar terrasses can reopen on Friday, June 11.
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