Montréal’s regional public health department is asking anyone who has gone to or worked in bars in the city since July 1 to get tested for COVID-19. These individuals should call 514-644-4545 to be referred to the right resource, from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Outside service hours, call Info-Santé 811.
Despite measures bar owners put in place, contagious clients or employees have been in at least 5 bars since July 1. Public health teams have contacted those bars as well as some of the people who were exposed to the virus. However, given that client registers have only recently been introduced, public health has been unable to trace all clients and it is highly probable that positive cases have been to other establishments.
This situation in bars is occurring while, over the past few weeks, Montréal has been seeing an increase in the proportion of cases among young people aged 15 to 39.
Dr. David Kaiser, Chief Medical Officer of the Urban Environment and Healthy Lifestyle Habits sector, had this to say: “I’m afraid that we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg. The pandemic is not over, and there continues to be community transmission in Montréal. If we want to reduce the impacts of a potential second wave, people who start developing symptoms of COVID-19 and those who might have been in contact with cases must absolutely get tested and self-isolate until they get their results.”
To see the list of COVID-19 testing clinics, go to santemontreal.qc.ca/coronavirus-en, or call 514-644-4545 to be referred to the right resource, from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Outside service hours, call Info-Santé 811.
Reminder of public health measures for the public
- Wear a face covering in public places.
- Limit contacts as much as possible (maximum of 10 people from 3 households).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water.
- Use hygiene measures when you cough or sneeze: cover your mouth and nose with your arm, throw your tissue away as soon as possible, and wash your hands immediately.
- Respect physical distancing and stay at least 2 metres away from other people.
Reminder of public health measures for establishments serving alcohol
- Keep a register of people who come to your establishment.
- Reduce capacity to 50% of the number indicated on the liquor licence.
- Prohibit dancing and ensure people remain seated to consume alcohol.
- Ensure that staff members wear personal protective equipment at all times.