Relaxed distancing measures in arts and sports in Quebec
Following the success of the special measures granted to the film and audiovisual sector during the cultural revival, the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) has now relaxed the distancing measures for the performing arts in Quebec.
Small, stable teams of less than 10 people can rehearse at a distance of one metre without a mask or eye protection, following strict rules, including keeping a register. Consult CNESST's revised health guide by going to our website for full details of the measures in place.
Minister of Education Isabelle Charest also announced that contact in sports training will be allowed "within a closed bubble of a maximum of four people". Read this Global News article for more information.
Although this relaxed rule does not apply to the circus arts, it does give a glimmer of hope to our community. En Piste, in collaboration with members of the alliance, will be advocating to Public Health for this new measure to be integrated into the circus arts as well. This would greatly facilitate the training of disciplines practiced in pairs and small groups, as well as the creation of shows. We will keep you informed of developments in this regard.
Finally, as of September 14, the sports-study and arts-study programs will be able to resume, which is good news for circus arts taught in a school context. Read the La Presse article on this subject (in French).