Reopening of theaters | A green light that could come “rather quickly”, says Nathalie Roy

The green light from Public Health to reopen performance halls, even cinemas or theaters, could arrive “fairly quickly”, affirms the Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, without however commenting on a potential timetable.

Posted at 1:01 p.m.

Henri Ouellette-Vezina

Henri Ouellette-Vezina
The Press

“When will that be? I don’t have any dates to give you. We are waiting for the green lights from Public Health, which should still come fairly quickly, because the work is being done upstream. We listened to all the bands. […] I would like to tell you: such a day, such a date, so many people, but for the moment, Public Health is working on its deadlines, ”she said on the sidelines of a press conference on Monday.

At the same time, she acknowledged that the cultural community is under “a lot of pressure”, like everyone else, during this pandemic, and that her team “has been working for months” to set up a “deconfinement plan with more predictability” for industry.

“That’s really what the community is asking for. Doing the yo-yo is fine for a certain period of time, but after two years, it’s exhausting for everyone, and first and foremost for the artists and the cultural milieu, and we understand that. Me, I plead for the cultural environment, ”insisted Mme Roy, adding that the community “wants” and “is ready” for a resumption of activities.

A meeting with Public Health

The CAQ Minister also revealed that she had a meeting on Monday morning with the senior management of Public Health to put forward “that our world needed more predictability and a long-term schedule”. “The problem remains the same: how to plan for the longer term with a situation that is unpredictable”, she however recognized on this subject.

“When you want to ask for predictability from the variant, there is a point where Public Health is not ready to commit”, she illustrated.

It all happens when The Press reported earlier on Monday that Quebec is preparing to give the green light to the resumption of sports activities for young people on January 31, the day when it also plans to allow the reopening of restaurant dining rooms and limited gatherings in the houses. An announcement is expected in the coming days.

It would thus be allowed to two family bubbles to meet at the table in the restaurant. This authorization would extend to home gatherings. A family bubble could thus welcome another at home. Civil and extracurricular sports, reserved for young people, could also resume on January 31.

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