“Bingos are not allowed,” the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, harshly recalled, after the discovery of a case in one of these lotteries which had brought together 250 people in Saint-Jean-sur- Richelieu, in Montérégie.
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“Bingo must not become the new karaoke”, he said at a press conference on Thursday, referring to a singing evening in Quebec at the end of August from which more than 80 cases of contamination had resulted. and at least one death.
Christian Dubé expressed his disappointment at the organization of these social gatherings, however banned by the health instructions repeated by the authorities in recent weeks.
“We said we didn’t want an indoor gathering, even in an orange zone, of [plus de] 25 people. I have a bit of a hard time figuring out that someone might think they can do a 250 person indoor bingo where people are there and going to shout ‘bingo’, ”he said.
Not to mention the fact that bingos usually bring together elderly people, who are therefore more vulnerable to COVID-19, he said.
On Thursday, the Montérégie Public Health invited everyone who was present at a bingo night held on October 4 in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, to take a COVID-19 screening test after a no one present at this evening would have tested positive for the disease.
Even if no other case has been declared since concerning this event, this screening is recommended as a precautionary measure due to the large number of participants present and the fact that more vulnerable people may have frequented this place, it is specified. .