The Québec government has unveiled the rules governing festivals and artistic, cultural, and recreational events to be held this summer.

As of May 21, 2021, outdoor performing arts presentations are permitted on sites with pre-assigned reserved seats with a maximum audience of 250 spectators. This authorization includes drive-in cinema shows for up to a maximum of 400 vehicles.

As of June 17, 2021, large performance venues, auditoriums, indoor stadiums, outdoor stadiums or sites with pre-assigned seating and drive-ins in the Green Zone will be authorized to present performances before an audience of a maximum of 3,500 persons. With the exception of drive-ins, the audience must be subdivided into independent sections, each with a maximum of 250 persons. Each section must have independent entry and exit points, and sanitary facilities, as well as separate food and beverage areas, if any. The physical distancing rules in effect must be applied.

As of June 25, 2021, festivals and other events presenting outdoor performances during which spectators are standing or sitting without assigned seats can be held throughout Québec, subject to compliance with the basic health measures and other specific measures. A maximum of 3,500 people will be authorized on each site.

Basic health measures (physical distancing between individuals not residing at the same address and the use of masks or face covers according to the rules in force) and specific measures must be observed at all festivals and events. The measures in force could be modified depending on changes in the epidemiological situation.

To limit crowds before, during and after the festivals and events, smooth, organized movement must be ensured on all the sites, especially at bottlenecks such as entrances and exits.

Festivals and events that have several sites must ensure that the sites are situated a minimum of 500 m apart and that they have separate entrances and exits.

Access to sites must be controlled and will be authorized solely by reservation and the sale of tickets. Reliance on online ticketing systems is recommended since it allows for the maintenance of a register that includes the names and telephone numbers of the purchasers.

Holding festivals and events is conditional on the development of a sanitary protocol meeting the requirements of the Directives de santé publique pour les événements et activités publics extérieurs This hyperlink will open in a new window. and the filing by the promoter of a duly completed Attestation du promoteur form This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in french only) to the attention of the Direction de santé publique régionale and the municipality concerned. The form may be completed manually and sent to the Direction de santé publique régionale by mail This hyperlink will open in a new window., or be completed electronically and sent by email This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in french only).

Specific measures for promoters

Outdoor events with fixed seating attended by spectators (starting from June 25, 2021)

  • A maximum of 3,500 people are allowed per site.
  • Seats must be pre-assigned.
  • Individuals living at different addresses must remain 2 m apart, or 1.5 m in green or yellow zones.
  • Masks or face covers must be worn according to the rules in force.
  • At least one monitor per 250 seated spectators must be present. The monitor must have a clear view of all the seating sections for which he is responsible.

A contingency plan must be adopted should the event be held in a red alert zone.

Outdoor events attended by spectators who remain standing or sitting without fixed seating (starting from June 25, 2021)

  • A maximum of 3,500 people are allowed per site.
  • The sites must be divided into sections. Each section:
    • must be delimited by a physical barrier;
    • must be separated by at least 2 m from the other sections;
    • can accommodate a maximum of 250 people, excluding workers and volunteers;
    • must have a minimum area per person admitted of 4 m2 at Level 2–Early Warning (yellow) and Level 3–Alert (orange) and 6 m2 at Level 4–Maximum Alert (red);
    • be supervised by a minimum of one monitor per 125 people.
  • The 2-m physical distancing rule is mandatory for people living at different addresses.
  • Masks or face covers must be worn according to the rules in force.
  • Food concessions can operate but mobile staff must sell the food to avoid traffic, crowds, and waiting lines.

A contingency plan must be adopted should the event be held in a red alert zone.

Sites on which temporary facilities are situated where people circulate (starting from June 25, 2021)

  • Reception capacity must be adjusted according to a minimum area of 10 m2 per person admitted.
  • In all sections of a site where people are seated or standing and fairly immobile or they can crowd together, for example, in food courts, the space around attractions, or a performance, the rules governing delimited zones will apply. By way of an example, the zones must be separated by physical barriers, accommodate a maximum of 250 people, and have a minimum area of 4 m2 per person.

Events held along a route or a circuit (starting from June 25, 2021)

The circuit will not be deemed part of the site. However, entrance, exit, rest, food service and any other attendant zones will be deemed sites subject to the applicable rules.

  • Departures must be staggered to limit crowding along the circuit or route.
  • Adequate monitoring must be ensured along the circuit or route.
  • Departure and arrival zones must abide by the rules applicable to sites on which are situated temporary facilities where people circulate.
  • Rest or food service zones must abide by the rules applicable to sites where individuals remain fairly immobile, standing, or seated.

For additional information, promoters can refer to the “Fêtes et festivals” sectoral information sheet of the Plan de sécurité sanitaire Covid-19 de l’industrie touristique, available from Événements Attractions Québec. To obtain a copy, send an email to mesuressanitaires@eaq.quebec.