On Monday, Quebec’s public health director indicated that in comparison to other riskier social activities, the resolution to permit public meetings of up to 250 people comes with a relatively low risk of COVID-19 transmission. Dr Horacio Arruda stated that at the previous 50-person limit, there were no any COVID-19 outbreaks related to public outdoor or indoor events.
They stipulated that measures such as physical distancing and mask-wearing must be respected and these gathering measures only apply to public venues like theatres, indoor amateur sporting events, concert halls, and houses of worship. The restriction on private meetings remains at ten persons. People questioned the wisdom of the province’s decision to change the gathering limit from 50 to 250 at a time when cases were somehow returning to normal.
However, Arruda indicated that there is a high probability that people will ignore or hug physical distancing rules at small private parties than at the opera or a large concert hall. He also stated that he thought it was very acceptable compared to a party of 30 people as in a space large enough to have 250 persons who can go to a show, to reduce the risk; they should sit in a chair separated by 1.5 metres.
Christian Dube, Health Minister, stated that the new rules applied where distancing can be maintained such as “auditoriums, not assembly locations.” In the meantime, in the last 24 hours, Quebec reported another 123 new cases of COVID-19 together with two more deaths. Even as the number of people in intensive care increased by one to 18, hospitalizations remained stable at 172. Since the pandemic began, Quebec has recorded 59,722 infections, with 5,683 deaths. To minimize the number of active cases in the province before the start of a potential second wave, Dube challenged Quebecers to work together.