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Quebec to hold two experimental concerts to see how things work at this stage of COVID

Canada’s vaccination rate is pretty solid, having caught up to and past the rates in the US. Yet we’re a cautious people and our tolerance for risk is substantially lower than what we see to the south. Concerts are coming back to Canada, but not in the way they’re happening in the States.

Quebec, a province where much of the population is fully vaccinated, wants to test the waters by holding two experimental concerts in September. The shows, both in the Quebec City area, will be monitored by researchers from Laval University. The outdoor gig will accommodate 20,000 people; the indoor show will involve 5,000 spectators. By the time these gigs happen, public health people hope that 75% of the population will be fully vaccinated.

The goal is to reproduce life before the pandemic, although we’re still not sure what protocols will be put in place. Masks? Physical distancing? Vaccination requirements? We’ll see. The only thing that could affect these shows is if there’s another surge in COVID.

These shows will piggyback on similar experiments that took place in the UK, Spain, and France.

More info here.

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