Restaurants found in Quebec red zones have now been closed for several weeks. The chef-owner of Temaki sushi in Chicoutimi has decided to put an end to this himself by announcing his restaurant's reopening, despite the bans.
The Minister of Public Safety, Geneviève Guilbault, is asking restaurants to remain closed if they're in a red zone.
At a press briefing on Wednesday, November 4, the minister asked citizens not to frequent restaurants that decide to reopen despite the red zone instructions.
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First of all, the message we send is obviously "don't open your restaurants if you're in the red zone, it's forbidden."
Geneviève Guilbault, Minister of Public Safety
Guilbault reminded everyone that anyone who does not respect the regulations put in place for closed establishments can face fines as much as the restaurant owners themselves.
The owner of Temaki restaurant in Chicoutimi has planned its reopening this Friday, as you can read on the Facebook page.
"Temaki will be open this Friday, November 6 as a protest against the closure measures, which I consider irrational, taken by the government against my industry, my profession and my passion," he wrote.
This position has received several reactions from customers who visibly disagree and find this gesture irresponsible.
"I wanted to encourage you by going out for sushi. Not agreeing at all with this decision, I will refrain from doing so," he writes.
Other commenters showed solidarity and compassion for the current situation in the restaurants.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.