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Since March 12, 2019, our small family business has been dictated abusive rules by our various governments, including mandatory "temporary" closures that have lasted for more than a year. The last is the vaccination passport, a tool that we believe, whether clients have been vaccinated or not, is an abuse of privacy. Already as we struggle to keep our customers and survive keeping our doors open, the government persists in putting obstacles in the way of small businesses knowing full well that they do not have the resources to oppose it. It is therefore up to us, small owners, often families, to carry out the dirty work concocted by politicians completely disconnected from the realities "on the ground", the latter even who nevertheless keep 100% of their salary while cutting off the income sources of small businesses.
We are totally against any coercive measures which divide the population and which amount to segregation. We have more than enough of these dictator governments issuing rules that are often without a valid basis. To demonstrate the absurdity, why don't spas or hairdressers have to apply for the vaccination passport, places where there is close physical contact between adults, but it is required to access the botanical garden? The government is abusing its people and we all need to be concerned.
Since we do not want to subject our already diminished clientele to further abuse, we have decided to voluntarily close our restaurant space as well as to suspend the Lego workshops for older children, in order to be able to keep only our space for 0 to 3 years old, thus allowing us to be classified as a childcare service with parents, not requiring the vaccination passport. In addition, all adults keep their masks at all times and respect the required distance in our space. If despite this you are in a panic, we recommend that you stay at home.
Bouge Petit is a café and physical activity center for parents with babies and young children located at 6546 avenue Papineau, Montreal.