Despite the pandemic, the magic of the holiday season will be able to operate in the Christmas markets which received the green light from Quebec on Wednesday to open their doors and promote local products.
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This was announced Wednesday by the Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx, as well as the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon.
The Christmas markets will however have to deploy significant sanitary measures to protect customers and traders.
According to Quebec, the space available will determine the capacity of each of the Christmas markets. To ensure that the distance between people is respected, promoters must inform visitors and, for example, implement one-way traffic between the kiosks. The mask will be mandatory for indoor Christmas markets, and hand washing or disinfection stations must be installed.
There will be no animation in the Christmas markets in order to avoid crowds, it was also specified, by press release. Tastings will also be banned in regions that are on orange and red alert.
“I am delighted that Quebeckers can go to the Christmas markets this year. In this more difficult period for some of our businesses, what a great way to encourage local merchants and artisans! ” said Minister Proulx.
“The opening of the Christmas markets is excellent news! We have observed a real enthusiasm for Quebec products in recent months. The solidarity of Quebecers towards retailers, artisans and producers here contributes significantly to the revival of our economy. I am therefore convinced that they will still be there to encourage them during the holiday season, ”said Minister Fitzgibbon.