The alcohol permits of Pizzeria Moretti were suspended for 45 days on Tuesday by the Regie des alcools, des courses et des jeux.
This confirmed an agreement between the litigation representative of the Regie des alcools, Mr.e Isabelle Poitras, and the lawyer of the establishment, Me Sebastien Senechal.
Pizzeria Moretti’s liquor licenses were urgently suspended on August 24 until the case was debated on the merits, which was done earlier this month.
The 45-day suspension period begins on the first day of the emergency license suspension, which is why it ends on October 8.
Despite this suspension, the kitchen of Pizzeria Moretti remains open only for delivery, and food deliverers and suppliers must remain in the vestibule of the establishment on Wellington Street, in accordance with the health measures adopted by the government to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
No mask, no distance
It is precisely because of an alleged lack of respect for these measures that the Service de police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) asked that the restaurant’s licenses be suspended.
Investigators from the Moralite squad of the SPVM had received several testimonies from people who affirmed that employees did not wear their masks in the establishment, that it was crowded even in times of ban on attendance, that tables and customers were not following social distancing rules, that employees had contracted the coronavirus and still had to go to work, and that officials were handling the situation casually.
The investigators notably carried out an observation operation around the establishment and took several photos of employees and customers to supplement their evidence.
Police officers testified that the rules were not followed while a manager of the establishment exposed the contrary.
The authorities also listed some acts of violence that have taken place in the restaurant in recent months.
Me Senechal argued that the police had exceeded their powers, that the accusations were more a matter of public health than of public security, that the Regie des alcools did not have the competence to examine several arguments put forward by the litigation, and that these were more the responsibility of the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work (CNESST).
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