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Is it too soon to reopen bars and restaurants?

Governments across the country, including in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, have given the go ahead for restaurants to reopen their doors and patios. That has some wondering whether a return to eating out will end up a happy hour — or a hangover?

The National's Ian Hanomansing will take your calls Sunday

A server wears a face mask as she carries a tray of glasses and water at a restaurant in Montreal, Sunday, July 5, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
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The taps are flowing once again as bars in parts of Canada reopen.

Bars and restaurants in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, have reopened in recent weeks, while establishments in Ontario, have offered patio service only.

But after watering holes in Montreal began serving once again in late June, thousands in the Quebec city were lining up this week for COVID-19 tests following a weekend scare. As of Thursday, Montreal's public health authority has confirmed that there are 45 cases tied to bars in the city. Fourteen bars have been identified as having one or more cases.

That has some wondering whether a return to eating out will end up a happy hour — or a hangover.

Our question for this week, with guest host Ian Hanomansing: Is it too soon to reopen bars and restaurants?

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