The event industry is probably one of the most dynamic. In fact, few industries face as many changes and challenges as this one. Additionally, it had to adapt greatly to the uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the measures the government has taken to control the transmission of the virus. Fortunately, event planners were able to redouble their efforts to continue to present events, to the great pleasure of the participants.
What are the implications to factor-in when planning an event in Quebec during these times ? Can we assume that the event industry is back “to normal” ? How has the pandemic changed the industry in the long-run ? What lessons should we learn from this ? We went through all of these questions for you this summer, here’s a rundown.
What is the current situation in Quebec for events?
Now that the vaccine passport is required to enter a performance hall, a restaurant, a sporting event or a festival, certain flexibilities have been granted by the Gouvernement du Québec :
- Since October 8, sporting events and shows held indoors no longer have spectator limits, provided that seats are assigned. Attendees must also wear a mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.
- Sporting events and shows held outdoors with assigned seats no longer have to be restricted in terms of the number of spectators. In addition, masks are no longer mandatory, but they are strongly recommended.
- Outdoor events without assigned seats must provide independent sections of 500 people. Each section must have a minimum area of 2 m2 per person. Participants must also reserve in advance and wearing a mask is recommended when moving through the crowd.
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5 practices to implement when event planning
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