This Montreal restaurant will open without respecting sanitary measures

This Montreal restaurant will open without respecting sanitary measures

A Montreal restaurant located in Mile End promises to open its doors at full capacity next Sunday, January 30, willfully violating the measures government sanitary facilities in place.

The announcement was made through an Instagram post from the pizzeria, the Kesté. The owners also encourage all other “restaurants, sports associations, traders, entrepreneurs” to also open their doors on the same day as a gesture of solidarity.

“We kindly ask those who want to change something to go visit your favorite restaurant/bar/café etc. which will be open that day and show that we stand together against these new measures”, can we read. 

Bars have been closed since December 20 and restaurant dining rooms since December 31, due to the spike in positive COVID-19 cases at the end of 2021.

Like many tenants, the owners of the Kesté are fed up. They therefore intend to protest against the government's measures which they consider “arbitrary”. 

“We can no longer comply with these arbitrary measures which have proven to be 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.” 

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Surge of support 

Several showed their support for the restaurant and shared the post on Instagram. 

Note that it was the Cafe-Teria Europa, located in Laval, which first got the ball rolling by posting the same message announcing its imminent opening.

The Laval establishment has indicated that it will soon publish a list of all the restaurants that will also participate in this day of rebellion against sanitary measures.

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Rule of the day 

On January 30, no vaccination code will be requested. The Kesté nevertheless specifies that he does not want any excess. 

“We do not tolerate any violence or hatred. If you're coming to this event to cause trouble and vent your frustrations in a negative way, please don't come.”

“We also want to be very clear that we want this event to be as hygienic as possible in order to ask everyone to wear masks, wash their hands, etc., in order to may our message not be distorted.” 

At a press conference on Thursday, the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, reacted to the initiative. He called on bar and restaurant owners to be patient, saying things had to be done gradually.  

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