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Quebec bar owners call on province to allow them to reopen to vaccinated patrons

MONTREAL — Quebec bar owners want the government to allow them to reopen for patrons who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Two associations representing bar owners wrote to Premier François Legault to say modifying the public health order that has closed bars since October would bring some much-needed reprieve for the hard-hit sector.

They also suggest that allowing partially vaccinated people access to bars would help encourage vaccine-hesitant Quebecers to get a shot.

The associations say in the letter that any reopening would include strict public health measures enforced by bar owners.

As of Thursday, about 35 per cent of adult Quebecers had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The government said Thursday it will open vaccination appointments to all adult Quebecers by mid-May; people 50 to 59 became eligible today to book an appointment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 30, 2021.

The Canadian Press