In partnership with the Quebec provincial government, researchers at Quebec’s Université Laval will oversee two experimental concerts in September with a total of 25,000 attendees in order to further understand the impact of COVID-19 on large crowds at this point in the pandemic and vaccination rollout. The announcement was made on Monday by Quebec Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx.
The experiment, which is being done to help the live events industry resume business, will involve one indoor show with 5,000 attendees and one outdoor show with a crowd of 20,000 people.
“The goal is to have a test concert sometime in September that would reproduce the conditions pre-pandemic,” Proulx told reporters in Quebec City. “The goal is to help the event industry, which has been severely hit by the pandemic, to fully resume its activities in a safe environment.”
The experimental concert will make Quebec the Canadian province to hold such an event, which is similar to experimental concerts held in Barcelona and Paris.
Proulx said more information will be announced in the coming weeks as resesarchers figure out the protocols for the concerts, including vaccination requirements, whether masks will be mandatory, whether physical distancing will apply, and more.
The shows may also be cancelled is Quebec takes a turn for the worse in its COVID case counts.
“If the situation gets worse, there’s a chance the concert will not occur and it’s taken into consideration when you design the protocol,” said Sophie D’Amours, rector of Université Lava.
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