Quebec performance venues, movie theaters, bars and gyms closing Dec. 20 at 5 pm

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At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced a wave of closures due to the surge in COVID-19 cases across the province, including the massive expansion of the Omicron variant. Primary and secondary schools will have to close their doors and teleworking will be made mandatory from Tuesday.

It was feared by many, Mr. Dubé confirmed it. Concert halls, movie theaters, gyms, spas, sports centres and casinos will now be closed from 5 pm on Monday until further notice. In addition, the opening hours in restaurants will be limited from 5 am to 10 pm. Daycares will also remain open.

Santé Québec reported 4,571 new cases of COVID-19 in Quebec this morning, another record day since the beginning of the pandemic.


By way of a press release, the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) reacted to this announcement and recalled essential points for those involved in the arts sector:

  • Rehearsals are authorized while respecting the measures recommended by the CNESST;
  • Recordings of shows without an audience are permitted. The measures to be observed are described in the CNESST guide;
  • Teleworking is compulsory for cultural workers.

Theaters will be closed until at least January 10, 2022. The closure could be extended depending on the situation after the holiday season.

Assistance measures

  • The CALQ and SODEC assistance measures, currently in place, will be reviewed to adapt to the situation.
  • We are assured that the provincial government is already in discussions with the federal government to put in place measures to support artists who will see their contracts canceled.

The CQM will monitor the situation, even during the holiday season.


More updates to come.

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Justin Bernard est détenteur d’un doctorat en musique de l’Université de Montréal. Ses recherches portent sur la médiation musicale, notamment par le biais des nouveaux outils numériques, ainsi que sur la relation entre opéra et cinéma. Membre de l’Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM), il a réalisé une série de capsules vidéo éducatives pour l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Justin Bernard est également l’auteur de notes de programme pour le compte de la salle Bourgie du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal et chargé de cours à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Par ailleurs, il anime une émission d’opéra et une chronique musicale à Radio VM (91,3 FM).

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