The dining rooms will close at midnight on Saturday for the MRCs of Bécancour, Nicolet-Yamaska, Drummond and Trois-Rivières, and restaurateurs are struggling with the blow.
Le Gambrinus restaurant in Trois-Rivières is considering offering a take-out formula, but the deadline to get everything in place is short.
“We’ve been open for 25 years. Today, there are plenty of customers who came to see us before closing time. It’s touching! ”, Confided Marc Veillet, brewer of Gambrinus.
In Bécancour, Saturday reservations fell drastically at O Quai des Brasseurs after the announcement of the move to the red zone on Thursday.
“This is the second time that we have lost our job this year due to a virus. What we do is stick together. We are looking for solutions. We’re going to take out the take-out orders. Our beers will also have come to more points of sale, ”explained Yanick Giguère, chef O Quai des Brasseurs.
In Nicolet, Le Pub Le Houblon served its last dinners this afternoon. The restaurant is closed, even if the red zone measures come into effect on Saturday at midnight.
In the region, even lunch restaurants are organizing to offer their menu to go.
“We will succeed in keeping 50% of our full-time payroll so that we can continue to provide this service there. We will adapt according to supply and demand, ”explained Jean-Guy Bertrand, co-owner of the Binerie Chik restaurant.
The minister responsible for the region, Jean Boulet, wants to reassure restaurant owners. The situation could change in the next two weeks.
“In 14 days, if it deserves a reassessment and a return to the orange zone, so much the better. We have set up a financial assistance program that will be able to support restaurants for the moment, ”said Jean Boulet.