Nick Farkas, Senior Vice President at Evenko said that "we want to be back there in the midst of it too, but the truth is it takes several months to line up the various elements to create a festival, and with the current uncertainty, we don't have that luxury."
"We remain hopeful that the situation will improve enough."
As spring approaches and the vaccine becomes available to the general population, Montrealers are waiting for news about whether their favourite Quebec festivals will be able to make their long-awaited return this summer.
On Thursday, National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda offered a bit of clarity as to how officials will go about making that decision.
With the new year around the corner and an overwhelming amount of COVID-19 news in Quebec, it would be easy to miss other government announcements for the upcoming year, including new Quebec laws coming into effect in 2021.
On November 17, the city of Saint-Lambert issued a press release to inform Quebecers that it reached an agreement with the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau and L’Aréna des Canadiens inc. (evenko) to set a noise limit for music festivals at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
The noise level reaching Saint-Lambert from music festivals will be restricted to roughly the equivalent noise level measured there when no concerts take place.
Starting in 2021, the city is restricting the number of major events that can take place between May 1 and September 1 every year. No more than 19 days during that period can be reserved for major events.
In June of last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada would be banning single-use plastics, such as bags, bottles, utensils, stir sticks and straws, as early as 2021.
The federal government also wants to work with provinces and territories to develop standards for companies that manufacture plastic products.
Quebec Public Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that new services would be offered for free at Quebec pharmacies starting January 25.
While Quebecers who need to extend or adjust their prescriptions currently have to pay for a pharmacist's time, the new changes will ensure these consults are free of charge, whether the citizen is covered by public or private healthcare.
The changes will make it easier to obtain prescriptions for minor health issues, such as birth control pills, herpes treatments and antibiotics for urinary tract infections.
Your favourite vape flavours won't exist in Quebec
Among the recommendations, the ministry stated it "intends to quickly address" are:
A limit on the concentration of nicotine in vape juices, for a maximum of 20 mg/ml
Banning all vape flavours except for tobacco
Federally, the Government of Canada is implementing part of its new regulatory framework on vaping on January 1. As of the first day of the new year, refillable vaping products and their parts must be packaged in child-resistant containers.
Quebec's minimum wage will rise slightly
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