World Cinemas reopen despite extended curfew

Cinemas reopen despite extended curfew

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Movie theaters reopen on February 26 in Quebec. (Drawing) – Bruno /Germany / Pixabay

Quebec is preparing to reopen its cinemas and swimming pools, despite the two-week extension of the curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Prime Minister François Legault announced on Tuesday. Measures that will take effect on February 26, when the school holidays will start in early March in the Canadian province.

The official nevertheless recommended that Quebeckers remain cautious during this period. François Legault wants to avoid a resurgence of cases of coronavirus which had been observed after the end of the year holidays. Quebec is one of the most affected provinces in Canada: a third of Covid-19 cases have been recorded there since the start of the pandemic.

New relaxations from March 8?

While most regions of Quebec, such as Montreal or Quebec, will remain in red, the maximum alert threshold, the situation has improved a lot in recent weeks. By early February, non-essential shops and museums had already reopened. François Legault does not rule out new relaxations as of March 8, the date until which the curfew is extended. This should depend on the circulation of variants. These reopenings will be done in spite of everything with constraints.

In cinemas, reception capacity will be limited and spectators must respect distancing rules. As for the swimming pools and the skating rinks, they will be open to “family bubbles” or to two people from different households.

In France, the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, said ten days ago that cinemas would not reopen immediately.

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