Responding to a Quebec red-zone restaurant that's planning on defying public health orders by reopening on Friday, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault reminded Quebecers that not only can the owner of establishments be fined — so can customers.
In a press conference on November 4, Guilbault warned citizens not to go to open restaurants in red zones.
She compared the situation to a recent scuffle between the provincial government and gym owners when a coalition of 200 gyms and fitness centres in Quebec red-zones had said they were planning on reopening on October 29.
We had adopted a decree [...] to be able to issue tickets to people who frequent these places despite the ban.
Guilbault explained that the government "adopted a decree in order to be able to issue tickets" to both owners and patrons of gyms.
She said this order also applies "to other types of businesses that would open in the red zone."
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These spaces include gyms, dining rooms of restaurants, bars and cinemas.
"We have to break the wave," wrote Dubé.