7 janvier 2021
Following the recent press conference given by Premier François Legault on January 6, 2021 and a meeting held with the Minister of Culture, Nathalie Roy, on January 7, 2021, we are providing you with the most recent information regarding the new confinement requirements that will come into effect on Saturday, January 9 through until February 8, 2021.
- Rehearsal room activities and video/digital projects may continue following the same requirements as those that have been in effect for the past few months.
- Rehearsals and training/preparation classes are permitted.
- Activities in colleges, universities and conservatories may continue following the same requirements as those that have been in effect for the past few months.
- The curfew from 8:00 PM. to 5:00 AM applies to everyone, but an employer may provide a letter justifying travel required by a specific work schedule. The burden of proof always rests with the individual who being stopped, so he or she must be properly equipped with an official document or documents to this effect (a guide will be published on this particular subject shortly).
- At this point, it is understood that the request for work must come from an "employer" (broadcaster, producer, etc.). A self-employed worker, for example, cannot decide to go to their studio or office during curfew. There is still some uncertainty around this specific issue, and we will keep you informed, but the government encourages people not to be out past curfew unless it cannot be avoided.
Among several questions that remain unanswered is the specific question regarding training that must be held in a classroom (technical classes). We will come back to you as soon as possible with an answer to this question.
We will provide any and all additional information on our social networks.
Also please note that a meeting focussing specifically on the performing arts which will include Nathalie Roy, the Minister of Culture and representatives of the sector, is being planned to take place by the end of January.
This will be an opportunity to continue to outline the needs of the sector prior to Quebec's next fiscal year.