Announced on Tuesday evening, the new measure of the Legault government, which increases the distance required in theaters, theaters and cinemas in red and orange zones from 1.5 to 2 meters, is causing many headaches.
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The theaters had barely 48 hours to reorganize themselves in the face of this new government measure. Announced Tuesday, the new directive comes into place tonight.
Because the distance has been increased, theaters will have to recontact their spectators and free up dozens of seats.
“It is extremely problematic from a logistical point of view,” says the president of RIDEAU, David Laferrière. We have to redo the seating plans. We find ourselves in an oversold situation. This creates a great deal of concern in our ticketing and communication teams. We’re in a bit of a panic mode. ”
- Listen to Sophie Durocher’s interview with David Laferrière on QUB radio:
Faced with this directive announced at the last minute, some venues may have to cancel performances.
“It’s a very addicting logistics ticketing puzzle,” says Sara Castonguay, of the Lion d’Or. For each production affected, we will have to find the right action to take to minimize the negative impacts on customers. “
“You have to look at each of the performances, relocate people and contact them. It’s a big operation, ”explains the general manager of Rideau Vert, Céline Marcotte.
Faced with the uncertainty of the coming weeks, Mario Fortin, general manager of the Beaubien cinemas, the Parc and the Museum, has decided not to sell tickets more than two days in advance. “We remain cautious,” he said.
-With the collaboration of Yves Leclerc
Very low capacities
- Cabaret Lion d’Or : It had gone from 255 spectators (in regular time) to 64 (at the start of the pandemic). It will now be 55 people.
- Rideau Vert Theater : From 426 (regular) to 130 seats (start of the pandemic). It will now be reduced to 90 spectators.
- Two Rives Theater (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) : From 856 (regular) to 220 spectators (start of the pandemic). Its capacity will be 150 people.
- André-Mathieu Hall (Laval) : From 827 (regular) to 232 (start of the pandemic). It will only be able to accommodate 154 spectators.
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