Procedural masks mandatory at all times and early concerts start to respect the curfew: the reopening of performance halls in the orange zone, as of February 26, will impose new constraints on presenters already obliged to respect a limit of 250 people per event.
At least one broadcaster and the director of the organization RIDEAU, Julie-Anne Richard, revealed to the Newspaper that fabric face covers will no longer be allowed in the rooms.
Cinemas will also be affected by this measure, according to information sent to the media by the Legault government.
“The gauges remain the same and the distance of 1.5 meters remains, but the main difference will be in the masks. Before closing, the face cover was only needed for travel. Now, the procedure mask will be mandatory before, during and after the performance ”, indicates Claudine Bourdages, director of programming at Diffusion Saguenay.
At the Ministry of Culture, which held a meeting with broadcasters on Wednesday afternoon, it is confirmed that a decree concerning masks is in preparation and that it will be ready in time for February 26.
In addition, even if it has been postponed to 9:30 p.m. in the six regions targeted by the deconfinement, the curfew will ask broadcasters to review the schedules.
“We are going to put on the shows around 6:30 or 7 pm and they will be performances that will last an hour and a half. People will have ample time to return home, ”says the director of the Rouyn-Noranda Copper Theater, Jacques Matte.
In an exchange of text messages, Andréanne A. Malette indicated that her concerts planned in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, at the end of March, will take place, but without an intermission.
These adjustments are necessary because the customers of the venues will not be exempt from the curfew, unlike the artists, technicians and employees of the venues.
Despite these constraints, artists who had concerts on their agenda in the regions in orange will return to the stage in the coming weeks.
“If these regions remain in the orange zone, Luce Dufault’s tour will be presented in Gaspésie at the end of March and we are also planning a visit from Kaïn to Saguenay”, specifies in particular the entertainment agent Claudia Levasseur, of Productions Martin Leclerc.
However, many schedule changes are expected soon. “Everyone has their reality, raises Claudine Bourdages. Artists have lost players around them. Is everyone available? This will be to be seen on a case by case basis. ”
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