Performance halls and stadiums may be full

The Bell Center is getting ready to return to its stands full of supporters, and theaters and cinemas will be able to fully welcome their regular visitors. From October 8, all these establishments will be able to operate at full capacity.

As since the beginning of September, the vaccination passport will be requested there. Only adequately vaccinated Quebecers will be able to access the rooms, confirmed at a press conference the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, and the Minister of Culture, Nathalie Roy. Wearing a mask is still required.

In addition, Quebec amateur orchestras, harmonies and choirs will be able to gather and perform with 100 of their members at a time. For those who sing or play a wind instrument, without a mask, the distance of 2m will be compulsory. For the others, it will be 1m.

“We did relatively well our month of September,” Mr. Dubé told reporters.

Since the imposition of the passport, the curve of COVID-19 cases has started a slow downward slope. In the last 24 hours, the authorities detected 655 new cases.

Wednesday, at the end of the meeting of the Council of Ministers, Christian Dubé had already mentioned the imminent arrival of “good news”. The dead calm felt in terms of health in the entertainment industry led him to take a step further, in the evening, by announcing “reductions” to come.

Until today, Public Health limited the capacity of halls in large sports amphitheatres such as the Bell Center to 7,500 people. The theaters and cinemas cannot accommodate more than 500 visitors.

Further details will follow.

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