Concert halls, theaters and cinemas in Quebec can reopen as of June 22
MONTREAL – In the next phase of Quebec’s deconfinement, concert halls, theaters and cinemas in the province will be allowed to reopen as of June 22.
At one of the province’s COVID-19 news briefings on Monday, officials announced that indoor gatherings of 50 people or less will be allowed from next week, provided they are able to maintain a distance of 2 meters. In spaces where spectators will be seated and only stand up to enter or exit the venue, officials have reduced the physical distance guideline to 1.5 meters between people.
Officials also said on Monday that the limit of 50 people could be raised to 250 in the coming weeks.
This announcement will allow the province’s cultural sector to resume most of its activities, at least partially.
“The cultural community and the general public have long awaited this reunion in spaces that offer us unique works and cultural experiences,” Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy said in a statement on Tuesday. “With the support of public health, I can finally announce the reopening of places that reflect so well the vitality of our Quebec culture. “
Artists and employees of all establishments will have to adapt to the directives of public health and the Commission de la sécurité au travail du Québec, the CNESST. Roy’s ministry has consulted with the province’s cultural community to understand the challenges it will face when it reopens amid the pandemic.
“With all these precautions, cultural events will soon be able to resume everywhere in Quebec,” said Roy. “Let’s find these places that contribute to our well-being, our pride and our identity.