Among the first business sectors have had to stop everything when the pandemic COVID-19 crashed into the Quebec, the cultural milieu may also be one of the last to be able to power back on.
It might even have to wait at the end of the year 2020 or even 2021 was launched on Wednesday, the prime minister François Legault.
With the order of social distancing, which could persist even after the opening of the shops, the return in theaters may delay for a long time. But the industry has no intention of being deterred, and is already preparing the ground.
Quebec has also met several players in the middle, on Monday, to discuss a possible resumption of activities.
Among the scenarios considered to meet the distancing of the physical theatres, a limit of 4000 people could be set for an amphitheatre with a capacity of 21 000 seats, for example. For a smaller space of 400 seats, only 60 people could be admitted.
“We do not speak of the halls where people congregate, toilets, stairs and the ticket office. It also worries us,” said Anne Trudel, president of the Conseil québécois du théâtre.
“Is it holds the road on the financial plan, too? continued the director-general of the CURTAIN, Julie-Anne Richard. Yes, there is the question of health, but it must also, ultimately, that the activity is cost-effective. This is an issue that is very serious.”
Hundreds of shows have been cancelled and carried over since the beginning of the pandemic, and many ticket holders are wondering if they can be reimbursed.
Both at Live Nation at Evenko, the cancelled events will be refunded. For the shows postponed, it will have to be patient: the windows of reimbursement will be open as soon as new dates will be determined.