COVID-19: the museums, libraries and drive-ins may reopen as early as 29 may

COVID-19: les musées, les bibliothèques et les ciné-parcs pourront rouvrir dès le 29 mai

Left in the dark since the beginning of the crisis of the COVID-19, the culture is finally beginning to see the light. The government Legault announced on Friday that the museums, libraries and drive-ins across the province can resume their activities starting may 29.

It was an ad for the least expected. Until then absent from the press briefings of the government since the beginning of the pandemic, the minister of Culture, Nathalie Roy, was of “good news” to announce, Friday, at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts.

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“Public health has given the green light for the reopening of the museum institutions, stands ready cultural products and drive-ins as of Friday, 29 may,” she announced.

The museums will reopen “at their own pace,” said Ms. Roy.

In regard to the libraries, only the services of lending books and documents will be accessible to the public. Visitors will not circulate only in the area of service counters. “We want to ensure a re-opening safe for all citizens”, said Ms. Roy.

Of shows in drive-ins?

On their side, the drive-ins will open under certain conditions, such as distancing physical,” said the minister. The play areas will be closed for the moment. For the restoration, only the controls for take-out will be permitted.

Questioned by The Newspaper about the possibility of shows in drive-ins, the minister merely to say that she was waiting for the green light of the public health for such activities.

Ms. Roy has also announced the resumption of the activities for recording studios and for live performances in the room without the public from the 1st of June next. “Public health has issued a notice: those who will engage in such activities, it will ensure that there is at least a distance of two meters, technical team reduced to five people.”

In regards to the performing arts, concert halls, and the filming of drama at the cinema or on television, Nathalie Roy said that she was waiting for the green light of the public health. His ministry is not closed to the idea of being able to financially support the theatres that are in trouble.

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In Quebec, as of the date of 22 may 2020, the situation is the following:

  • 3865 deaths (65 deaths)
  • 46 141 cases (+646)
  • 1479 people to be hospitalized (-25)
  • 171 persons to the intensive care unit (-5)
  • Negative cases: 321 123

Balance sheet of deaths in each region

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent: 2
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean: 26
  • Capitale-Nationale: 92
  • Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec: 165
  • Estrie: 25
  • Montreal: 2454
  • Outaouais: 12
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue: 3
  • Côte-Nord: 0
  • Nord-du-Québec: 0
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine: 8
  • Chaudière-Appalaches: 8
  • Laval: 476
  • Lanaudière: 161
  • The laurentians: 105
  • Montérégie: 328
  • Nunavik: 0
  • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James: 0

Total: 3865

Balance of cases in each region

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent: 46
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean: 317
  • Capitale-Nationale: 1320
  • Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec: 1840
  • Estrie: 934
  • Montreal: 23 413
  • Ottawa: 472
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue: 162
  • North Shore: 114
  • Nord-du-Québec: 8
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine: 178
  • Chaudière-Appalaches: 483
  • Laval: 5002
  • Lanaudière: 3659
  • The laurentians: 2538
  • Montérégie: 5621
  • Nunavik: 16
  • Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James: 10

Québec as a whole: 46 141


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