In this Montreal club, you will have to dance with a mask

In this Montreal club, you will have to dance with a mask

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You can drink, party and even dance, but not without a mask or certain restrictions at Club La Voûte, in Montreal, which reopens its doors on Friday, July 3, when many bars and nightclubs have announced their intention to delay opening, considering the current sanitary measures too strict.

Authorities are currently forcing tenants to accommodate only 50 people at a time, but also to encourage customers to sit – like in a restaurant – and be two meters apart if they are not living under the same roof.

If hand washing and wearing a mask are not compulsory, but simply recommended by Quebec, at Club La Voûte, you will not be allowed to enter if you do not comply. Disposable mask and disinfectant will be provided free of charge at the entrance and at each table.

The temperature of each customer will be taken before entry and the direction of traffic will be dictated by stickers on the floor. The mask can be removed once seated, but must be put on each time you get up. Thus, we want to guarantee a party without COVID-19, but not devoid of pleasure.

Dance at each table will be tolerated, but glue-and-glue swaying on compact tracks as in the past remains prohibited. The official regulations of the Standards, Fairness, Occupational Health and Safety Commission (CNESST), the same that applies to restaurants, does not mention a ban on dancing or the need to sit at a table. In fact, nothing prevents you from waddling on the track … by going to the toilet or the bar, for example.

“Your cooperation is essential, otherwise the bars may have to close their doors again in a few weeks”, warns the management of the establishment.

No deconfinement for some bars

Unlike La Voûte, many nightclubs remain closed, deeming it too risky for their business to open in the current environment. Reinventing yourself and seating 50 customers would require too much investment for some, who were deprived of income for three months. Fewer customers also come with less sales of alcohol, which has a direct impact on the portfolio of tenants.

“We are a place of celebration and gathering and we welcome on average 300 to 500 people per evening. It therefore makes no sense for us to welcome a maximum of 50 seated people who are not allowed to dance, “wrote the managers of Café Campus to justify their prolonged closure. on Facebook.

In an interview with the newspaper 24 hours, the president of the Quebec Bar Tenants Union, Peter Sergakis, agreed. “I don’t think anyone is going to open. Public health asked everyone to be seated. In a bar, it doesn’t work. […] It’s not operable like that a disco, people come there to dance. It will go later. “


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