A public health permit granted to a snowmobile relay in Saint-Jérôme serving meals and alcohol disturbs restaurateurs who are still obliged to keep their dining room closed.
“Here is our menu for our take-out restaurant. There will also be beer and wine that you can add to your order, ”announces the Facebook page of the snowmobile relay at Bouvrette.
The business obtained on December 17 an authorization from the Public Health to open a stopover inside its sugar shack, and a restaurant to take out in a neighboring building.
“It’s take out because they had a restaurant in another building, but people are going to eat inside, denounces Claude Pilon, owner of two restaurants 1 guy 1 girl Chez Vic, in Saint-Jérôme. Me, my restaurants are closed even if we have the plexiglass and the distance. “
Considering the relay as unfair competition, the entrepreneur went to examine the premises on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
“There must have been about 60 snowmobiles, but no one outside,” he says. For me, it was a rally. “
The Saint-Jérôme Police Department went to check four times whether the place complied with sanitary measures.
“Nothing to report”, confirmed the police officers Newspaper, since according to the government decree, such a relay can remain open to allow people to warm up or have a bite to eat.
“It took us a month and a half to receive our license,” pleads Nicolas Robert, owner of the relay and the sugar shack. People stay for half an hour, 45 minutes. It’s the same rule as for ski resorts. “
However, in most ski resorts in the red zone, visitors must eat their meals outside. They only have access to the chalet to use the sanitary block or to warm up for a short time.
“What bothers me is that it displays as a restaurant,” says Mr. Pilon. On social networks, the menu can be consulted and publications remind snowmobilers that the relay is “waiting for them for breakfast, dinner or just a hot coffee”.
In the evening Sunday, the Ministry of Health had not answered questions from Newspaper.
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