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Montreal protests last weekend to remove the ban on indoor dancing

Indoor bars and nightclubs have been unable since the start of the pandemic unless restrictions are imposed on dancefloors.

Montreal protests last weekend to remove the ban on indoor dancing

Protestors descended upon Montreal Mount Royal, near Jeanne-Mance Park at the weekend (23rd October).

The protest was against the ban on indoor dancing, introduced across the city and the province by the Quebec government.

DJs performed on four stages powered by sound systems to provide the music for the peaceful protest. There were thousands of people in attendance.

The protest campaign called “Open Dance Floors/Ouvrir Les Pistes De Danse” has seen renowned Montreal music institutions come out in support. Those in support included Stereo Nightclub, New City Gas Club, Club Unity and Le Salon Daomé.

Indoor clubs and music venues have stopped from opening given the no-dancing rules, rendering their primary function obsolete, with most venues shut since the beginning of the pandemic.

Other venues such as the Bell Centre have been allowed to reopen at full capacity for concerts and hockey games, with attendances of around 20,000 at each event.

Stereo co-owner Mike Rein spoke to CBC, he said:

“When we see concerts and shows with people dancing and singing with no masks on … we just now look at it and say it’s not fair. We’re OK with masks, we’re OK with passports, we’re OK with everything. We just want the right to open.”

During the summer, the city has seen large scale outdoor events like MUTEK and Piknic Électronik with success, it’s now seen as a time to relax restrictions so people can enjoy live music events again.

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