The Gouvernement du Québec has issued the rules for holding festivals and artistic, cultural, and recreational events in summer 2021.
For the rules for private events (weddings, funerals, corporate social gatherings, etc.), visit the Measures in force This hyperlink will open in a new window. page.

Large performance venues, amphitheaters, indoor and outdoor stadiums, and outdoor venues with pre-assigned seating and drive-in theaters are allowed to hold events.

Festivals and other events that include outdoor shows where patrons sit or stand without assigned seats may be held anywhere in Québec.

All festivals and events must follow basic health protocols (social distancing between people from different households and wearing of masks or face coverings according to the rules in effect) and specific measures. The measures in force may change as the epidemiological situation evolves.

To limit crowds before, during, and after festivals and events, foot traffic flow must be smooth and well organized at all venues, especially at potential bottlenecks like entrances and exits.

Festivals and events being held at multiple sites must ensure the sites are at least 500 meters apart and have separate entrances and exits.

Site access must be controlled and will be permitted only by ticketed reservation. Online ticketing systems are recommended so a record of names and phone numbers can be maintained. The vaccination passport is required for all participants. It is not required, however, for people entering a festival or event to work there (e.g. artists, journalists, volunteers).

Festivals and events must have a health protocol in place that meets the requirements of the Directives de santé publique pour les événements et activités publics extérieurs This hyperlink will open in a new window. and sponsors must submit a completed Attestation du promoteur form This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in french only) to the appropriate regional public health department and municipality. The form may be completed by hand and mail This hyperlink will open in a new window.,to Direction de santé publique régionale or be completed electronically and by email This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in french only).

Specific measures for promoters

Indoor events where patrons have pre-assigned seats

  • No more than 7,500 people per site
  • One empty seat between people from different households
  • Masks or face coverings worn according to the rules in effect
  • At least 1 monitor per 250 seated patrons. The monitor must have a clear view of all the seats in their section(s)
  • More than 250 people:
    • Pre-assigned seats
    • Separate sections to hold no more than 500 people each with separate entrances, exits, and restrooms, as well as separate concession areas, if applicable

Outdoor events where patrons have pre-assigned seats

  • No more than 15,000 people per site
  • One empty seat between people from different households
  • Masks or face coverings worn according to the rules in effect
  • At least 1 monitor per 500 seated patrons. The monitor must have a clear view of all the seats in their section(s)
  • More than 500 people:
    • Pre-assigned seats

Outdoor events where patrons sit or stand but do not have pre-assigned seats

  • No more than 15,000 people per site
  • Sites must be divided into sections. Each section:
    • Must be demarcated by a physical barrier
    • Must be at least 2 meters away from any other section
    • Can hold a maximum of 500 people (excluding workers and volunteers)
    • Must have a minimum area of 2 m2 per person
    • Must have at least 1 monitor per 125 people
  • 1-meter physical distancing between people from different households
  • Masks or face coverings worn according to the rules in effect
  • While permitted, concessions should ideally be sold by staff walking around the venue to limit interaction, foot traffic, crowds, and lines

Sites on which temporary facilities are situated where people circulate

  • Capacity based on a minimum area of 5 m2 per person
  • In all sections of sites where people sit or stand and don't move around a lot or where they may congregate (e.g., concession area, area around an attraction or performance), the rules for demarcated sections apply: They must be separated by physical barriers, hold no more than 500 people, and have a minimum area of 2 m2 per person

Events held along a route or a circuit

The course itself is not considered part of the site, but entrances, exits, restrooms, concession areas, etc. are considered sites subject to the applicable rules.

  • Staggered departures to limit foot traffic along the route or course
  • Adequate monitoring along the route or course
  • Start and finish areas must follow the rules for sites consisting of temporary facilities where patrons move around
  • Restrooms and concession areas must follow the rules for sites where people sit or stand and don't move around a lot

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.