Crowded restaurants and customers returning to the gym: the South Shore of Montreal was lively for its passage in the orange zone on Monday.
Posted on 1is June 2021 at 5:00 am
“It’s very rock and roll! », Enthusiastically launched Gaétana Caparelli, from the restaurant Allô! Mon Coco from Quartier DIX30 in Brossard. At the beginning of the afternoon, the dining room of the restaurant was occupied, between the ringing of the telephone and the comings and goings of customers.
Monday marked the passage of Montérégie in the orange zone. High school students return to school full time. Restaurant dining rooms and gyms can reopen their doors.
“My God, this is such an awaited moment,” exclaimed François Meunier, vice-president of public and government affairs at Association Restauration Québec. In addition, there are probably sports restaurants that will be able to enjoy the last game between the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs. [lundi] evening. We couldn’t hope for a better start-up scenario. “
The president of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Alain Chevrier, was also delighted. “These businesses have been confined for a long time,” he said.
According to Mme Caparelli, the deconfinement is timely. “People are really tired of being locked up, they needed air. […] It’s welcome for everyone, ”she said.
“It’s really liberating,” said Maude Lemay, who came to celebrate her 18th birthday.e birthday at the restaurant Allô! My Coco. “Just with the reopening of restaurants, we find our freedom a little,” she said.
For her friend Mathilde Gardonio, the flexibilities are good. Especially since the resident of Brossard finished high school and started college during the pandemic. “We’re 18 and it’s been a difficult time for us,” she said. Of course, we are happy to fall into the orange zone. ”
The wind of lightness blew as far as Jacques-Rousseau High School in Longueuil, where the students were back in class full time. The atmosphere was laughing for the third-secondary students, sitting in the grass in front of the establishment. Dahlia Gauthier and Camille Landes were eager to see their friends more often.
But for Camille Landes, the return to full-time did not only have advantages. “There are a lot more people than before. It’s less fun to be there when you’re used to half the world, ”she noted, referring to the work-study school in place before May 31.
We must “respect the measures”
A few miles away, a handful of customers were playing the treadmills and ellipticals at the Nautilus Plus gym.
The manager of the Longueuil branch, Josée Larocque, insisted on the importance of sanitary measures in her gym.
People have waited so long to start training again and they are so happy to be back. So when you ask to wear the mask, that’s not a problem.
Josée Larocque, manager of the Nautilus Plus branch in Longueuil
The biggest challenge ahead for businesses in the region, according to Alain Chevrier, from the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Industry? “It is aimed at the entire population,” he believes. It is that of respecting the sanitary measures put in place. We fear that people will go beyond what is allowed and that we have to go back. It’s the last thing we want. “