Quebec is allowing outdoor festivals again but people aren't sure if it's a good idea
Now that the Quebec government has allowed indoor and outdoor gatherings of 250 people, festivals are no longer banned in the province.
The Quebec Tourism Ministry announced on Wednesday afternoon that organizers can move forward with indoor and outdoor festivals, as long as they are following public health guidelines.
This means that the 250 limit must be respected and that organizers are responsible for crowd control at all entry and exit points.
"Festivals and event organizers are professional managers of gatherings and I'm confident that the resumption of activities will be done in a responsible fashion," said Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx in a statement.
It's still unclear how many festivals will actually take place following the announcement, however reaction to the news has not been positive.
Perhaps they want to keep their numbers of cases above all the other provinces combined.
Perhaps they want to keep their numbers of cases above all the other provinces combined.— Swamp Commando (@SwampCommando) August 6, 2020
In response to the announcement, another Twitter user also pointed to Quebec's already high number of COVID-19 deaths.
Great idea Quebec cuz you haven’t had enough deaths from covid— Irene3 (@Irene391916082) August 6, 2020
Back in July, the province of Nova Scotia similarly eased pandemic restrictions by allowing outdoor gatherings of 250 people including weddings, funerals, concerts, festivals, cultural events and more. The indoor limits remains at 200 with a maximum 50 per cent capacity.
In Ontario, outdoor gatherings remain limited to 100 people.
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