Montreal nightclubs are now open but dancing is not allowed
Montreal is known internationally for its nightlife and now, after several months of closures, clubs are allowed to reopen with a number of health and safety restrictions in place.
In an effort to ensure social distancing, some owners have opted to convert their dance floors into sitting space and are only allowing a limited number of guests to enter at a time.
François Boitard, owner of Le Rouge Bar in Montreal, has said that the bar typically holds 800 people across two floors. Now they are allowing just 150, with guests required to stay seated.
This means that dancing at clubs may not be an option for the foreseeable future.
Many clubs are requiring guests to wear masks, sanitize their hands, undergo temperature checks before entering and have hired extra security. For Rouge Bar, groups of more than 10 will be refused entry.
The status of nightclubs across Canada remains up in the air and differs between provinces, and owner of several downtown Toronto clubs Charles Khabouth has said his establishments likely won't be able to reopen at all until there's a vaccine.
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