Confusion around holding “essential” meetings of 250 people

Even if indoor gatherings are prohibited in the red zone, confusion reigns around the meetings allowed in hotels and meeting rooms, so much so that the government had to make an update on Wednesday.

In a ministerial decree of last October 22, Quebec allowed the holding of certain activities deemed “essential” which can bring together up to 250 people, even in the red zone, for “organized activities necessary and even essential to the pursuit of activities. registering as part of the operation of a business or those of an educational institution, a court, an arbitrator, an association of employees, professionals, executives, senior executives or employers, a consular post, a diplomatic mission, a ministry or a public body ”.

However, participants must be able to maintain a distance between them of two meters.

However, in the past few days, some companies have been promoting the rental of their reception hall on social networks, causing some confusion and anger among the population.

The Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx, had to specify the shooting, Wednesday at a press briefing, then on Twitter.

“No event or social activity can be carried out there, this includes congresses, non-essential business meetings which can take place in virtual mode, trade exhibitions and incentive trips”, specified the firm of the minister.

Restaurants and other gathering places also remain closed.

– With Patrick Bellerose

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