One of Quebec’s karaoke bars is closing permanently close to 7 months after it started a Coronavirus Chain effect in the entire region, leaving a few clients infected and one fatal case.
After close to 25 years in service, time had come to close down the proprietor of Bar Kirouac, wrote. The bar was the subject of discussion in august of last year when one of its popular nights, packed full of loyal older and young patrons, turned into a huge outbreak that reached schools, sparking weeks of infections in the city.
The bar resumes service last October, albeit under tight rules and police chaperoning, local media said. The owner noted that they were quite upset by the turn of events, particularly because they thought of their customers to be friends, and they had watched helplessly as some got ill.
The development at the bar also caused the closure of 500 other such bars in Quebec because shouting and singing present a major risk of transmission of the virus.
In a post on their Facebook page, the bar’s owners Lucien and Johanne Simard expressed gratitude to their friends and customers, noting that they were family. They added that they felt happy going into retirement. A few of their customers responded, saying the closure of the bar will be a huge loss to others.