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This is why reopening bars in Montreal has been such a debacle so far

Despite the fact that Quebec was the hardest-hit province in the country at the peak of the pandemic, bars in Montreal have been open to the public for a couple of weeks now. 

The decision to open the establishments caused some controversy and questioning from those who highlighted that consuming alcohol in an indoor space is likely to lead to a lack of compliance with safety measures, and it seems they were right. 

Anyone who's been to a bar in the city since July 1 is now being asked to get tested for COVID-19, as at least five businesses in the city have reported infections among patrons or staff and eight cases have been identified so far. 

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has likewise urged those who've been to a bar in recent weeks to go get tested, and lineups of bar patrons and staff members outside COVID-19 testing centres were reported as a result on Sunday. 

Last week, in response to the uptick in cases, Quebec mandated that all bars must close at midnight, and they must have a reduced capacity of up to 50 per cent.

Customers are also required to consume alcohol while sitting down and are not permitted to dance, and staff members must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times while on the job.

But the new cases have prompted many to call for bars to shut down entirely once again in order to avoid a massive, dangerous outbreak. 

In response to these calls, Director of Montreal Public Health Dr. Mylène Drouin tweeted that they're currently looking into it and residents can rest assured they'll make the best possible decision for the public health situation. 

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