As Quebec’s latest phase of deconfinement continues, the government has announced that theatres, cinemas, and concert venues throughout the province have been given the green light to reopen as of June 22.
June 22 is also the date in which restaurants throughout Montreal can start hosting clients again indoors.
On Monday, Quebec’s National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, announced groups of up to 50 people will be able to gather indoors as of next Monday as well.
Public health also announced reduced physical distancing measures, diminishing the oft-mentioned two-metre guideline to one-and-a-half metres for people gathering indoors.
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“With the backing of public health, I can finally announce the reopening of places that are vital to Quebec’s culture,” said Nathalie Roy, Quebec’s Minister of Culture and Communications. “The cultural community and general public has long awaited this reunion.”
Artists and staff members must adopt the new guidelines put forth by the provincial workplace safety board, the CNESST (Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail).
Officials said the province’s newly-altered indoor gathering capacity of 50 could be readjustED to 250 in the coming weeks as more industries begin to reopen.
Le secteur des arts de la scène, les salles de spectacle et les cinémas ont maintenant accès à des outils conçus spécifiquement pour leur milieu en vue d’une prise en charge de la #SST.https://t.co/B8JVO5bzpC#TrousseCOVID19 #SST #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/8iYYAdiE1W
— CNESST (@CNESST) June 16, 2020
Keep in mind, just because the government has announced that certain cultural sectors can reopen, it doesn’t necessarily mean concerts and movies will automatically return.
The art industry still remains at a standstill and movie theatres, for example, might adapt by screening previously released movies while keeping preventative measures in place.