Coronavirus in Quebec: local businesses closing, struggling amidst COVID-19 pandemic

The Quebec government’s measures in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus are leaving local entrepreneurs scrambling to make ends meet.

At Chez Fourna, a Lebanese restaurant located in a downtown Montreal mall, owner Adel Akkouche is keeping his restaurant open — at a huge cost.

Akkouche says 75 per cent of sales dropped since Saturday.

“I was shocked, it was the first time it happened,” Akkouche told Global News. “I have three kids, they’re all staying home, so I come here every morning to try to make ends meet.”

He says he’s had to lay off staff and remains open because he says he wants to help.

“Because there are some people who need to eat,” Akkouche said.

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