COVID-19: the turn of the culture to see the beginning of light

COVID-19: au tour de la culture de voir un début de lumière

Left in the dark since the beginning of the crisis of the COVID-19, the culture is finally beginning to see the light. The minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, on Friday announced that the museums, libraries and ciné-parcs du Québec will be able to resume their activities starting may 29.

Until then absent from the press briefings of the government since the beginning of the pandemic, the minister Nathalie Roy had “good news” to announce Friday, at the Cinquième Salle of the Place des Arts in Montreal.

The hundred museums, countertops, lending libraries and drive-ins may reopen “at their pace” from next Friday.

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For libraries, only the services of lending books and documents will be available. Access to shelves will remain prohibited until further order, except to authorized personnel.

On their side, the drive-ins will open under the same rules of distance physical. The playgrounds, however, will be closed.

Drive-in theatres temporary can also open this summer, has confirmed by e-mail the office of the minister to the Newspaper, since they are ” authorized by the Law on cinema “.

Performances without an audience

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

The minister also took the opportunity to announce the resumption of the activities for recording studios and for live performances in the room without the public from the 1st of June next.

“Those who engage in such activities, it will ensure that there is at least a distance of two meters between each person, and a technical team that is reduced to a maximum of five people,” she said.

In regards to the performing arts, the theatres and the making of fiction in tv and film, Nathalie Roy has repeated that she was waiting for the green light of the public health.

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In addition to the reopening of the museums, libraries and drive-ins, the minister of Culture, Nathalie Roy, announced the resumption of the activities for recording studios as well as the uptake of spectacles in the room without the public from the 1st of June.

The minister has also indicated that it could help the theatres that do not receive subsidies.

“We are in the process of preparing a recovery plan. There are companies that are not currently under the ministry of Culture, and we want to help, because they are an important link in the recovery activities. ”

In Rideau, the body which represents over 350 shows and festivals, we would have liked the ministry of Culture presents a vision for the survival of the industry. Attention is now turning to the recovery plan promised for June.

“The expectations are going to be strong,” indicates the director-general, Julie-Anne Richard.

– With the collaboration of Cédric Bélanger

Performances without an audience are a lesser evil

Recordings without an audience in theatres are now permitted, but it is not necessary to expect that the paid concerts online turn into a lifeline for the artists.

“This is not a panacea “, have agreed the guidelines of the ADISQ and the body CURTAIN, Solange Drouin and Julie-Anne Richard.

Several initiatives have already seen the light of day. In Quebec, the bar shows the ANTI will broadcast a concert by Pépé and his guitar, this evening, and will receive soon the metal band Anvil. At Three-Rivers, Martin Fontaine began, Thursday, in a series of concerts in line from the bar, the Memphis.

Solange Drouin, wishes to return to the public meeting ” sooner than later “. “We are surely able to find solutions. ”

– Cédric Bélanger

Back to the creation of new albums

ADISQ is pleased to note the reopening of the recording studio, which will allow users to create albums.

“When we saw the re-opening of the dubbing studios, we thought “why not recording studios”, ” notes executive director, Solange Drouin.

The minister of Culture has therefore responded to a request from the community, “said Ms. Drouin, who recalls that even during the pandemic,” there has been a lot of album releases. ”

“It is certain that these are albums that were probably completed before the pandemic. However, after consultations repeated with members of ADISQ, the artists and the producers want to continue to release albums “, she says.

– Cédric Bélanger

Books to take away

The libraries will resume their activities starting from next Friday, but only the counters of loans will be accessible to customers. Impossible, therefore, to read a book in a branch ; the desired records will have to be reserved in advance, online or by phone, and then recovered from staff respecting the measures of distancing in place.

On their return, the books will be placed in quarantine for a period of 72 hours before it can be borrowed again

– Bruno Lapointe


  • Follow the spread of the virus in Québec, in Canada and in the world in real time

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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