MONTREAL — Tavern on the Square has the spookiest Halloween display its owners can imagine: an empty dining room, under construction.

“I’ve shifted from anger more to acceptance in my stage of grief here,” said Jon Cercone, a co-owner of the Westmount restaurant.

He struck a note Monday that’s beginning to sound familiar. Like 200 gym owners who threatened to reopen on Thursday if the government doesn’t provide data showing they’re causing COVID-19 transmission, Cercone said he believes his dining room is safe.

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