Describing the situation as “unacceptable”, the Minister of Tourism Caroline Proulx promised to crack down on Monday against hoteliers who allow, or even encourage, illegal gatherings after the curfew inside their establishment.
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“What happens in some hotels […] it is not only unacceptable, but it must stop immediately, ”ruled the minister in an interview with LCN.
If it specifies that delinquent hoteliers are “a minority”, the sanitary instructions were recalled to all establishments in the province at the beginning of the week. And those who continue to tolerate the gatherings could be punished, Minister Proulx warned.
“We will make sure to crack down on those who allow gatherings which, I remind you, are illegal,” she promised, without however advancing on the measures that will be taken by Quebec to monitor or even reprimand the offenders.
A survey published over the weekend showed that hoteliers caught by the throat because of the drop in attendance are turning a blind eye to parties in their rooms despite the tightening of sanitary measures and the imposition of a curfew.
“I learned that the hotel industry uses all kinds of small schemes to allow people to bypass [le couvre-feu]. It saddened me because I think that all industries must be part of the solution, because we have all made concessions, ”said Dr. François Marquis on this subject on our airwaves a few days ago.
The leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, judges that while the vast majority of Quebecers show immense sacrifices, this laxity could have a “discouraging” effect on the population.
“It is surprising that we have reached this late in January and that this situation is not the subject of a more organized intervention by the police and clearer directives from the government,” regrets- he does.
“Everyone must do their part to stem the pandemic. The situation is not easy for them, but that does not in any way justify hoteliers turning a blind eye to what is going on in their establishment ”, for her part reacted Émilise Lessard-Therrien, the spokesperson. in terms of Tourisme de Québec solidaire.
The deputy adds that aid for the sector is “insufficient” and that the government “could do more for them”.