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Montreal’s small music venues disappointed by public health stagnation

Today’s announcement had no good news for standing-show bars or nightclubs.

While full capacity crowds will soon be allowed at the Bell Centre for Habs games and concerts, as well as other theatres with assigned seating, today’s announcement by the Quebec government had no good news for small music venues or nightclubs.

In a press conference this afternoon, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé and Culture and Communications Minister Nathalie Roy announced an easing of health measures as of Oct. 8 for certain culture and sports venues and outdoor events. Passport and mask rules will remain status quo. But there are no changes in store for establishments with dancefloors or standing room for shows.

No change in health measures for small music venues in Montreal

“We are disappointed but understand the decision,” said Meyer Billurcu, co-owner of Mile Ex concert venue Bar le Ritz PDB. Le Ritz has been closed since March 2020, and recently announced their October reopening. Now they’ll have to settle for capacities of 40 to 45. Billurcu hopes that public health will further loosen the rules “sooner rather than later.”

Montreal’s small music venues disappointed by changes to public health rules

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