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Dancing, karaoke, and standing concerts are back in Montreal—here's how it all works

Another hopeful sign for Montreal's nightlife comes into effect today, November 15, as dancing and karaoke is once again allowed.

JP Karwacki
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Montrealers have been getting their vaccine shots and passports for months now, but with today's announcement, nightlife in Montreal is getting its own shot in the arm: As of today, November 15, dancing, karaoke and standing-room concerts are once again permitted in bars, nightclubs, restaurants and casinos across Quebec.

Originally announced by Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé in a press conference on November 2, the new permissions come with a few exceptions, but the news has been positively received overall for businesses whose major features—particularly karaoke bars in Montreal, nightclubs, and live music venues.

What are the new rules for dancing, karaoke, and standing concerts in Montreal? 

  • Face masks will still be required during any of these activities; for karaoke, however, the singer may be unmasked if they are two metres away from other people and have some kind of partition separating them from the crowd.
  • Bars and restaurants can operate at full capacity
  • There's a maximum of 10 people or 3 private residences that can share the same table indoors; tables must be 1 metre apart when there are no partitions between them

  • Outdoor terrasses can accommodate a maximum of 20 people or 3 private residences per table; again, tables must be 1 metre apart when there are no partitions between them

  • Group bookings are allowed without limit of participants, but everyone must wear the face mask when moving around and respect the limit of people per table.

In addition to these developments, workplaces no longer need to prioritize working from home (even if it is still allowed); gyms no longer have to require distancing and face masks; and high school students only need to wear masks while moving around on school grounds.

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