On September 28, the provincial government announced that Montreal will be entering Quebec's COVID-19 red zone for 28 days, starting on October 1.\nPremier François Legault outlined which businesses will remain operational and which will close during the red zone period. Businesses in the arts and culture industry were among the closures — hitting theatre companies, museums and cinemas particularly hard.\nNow, some of Montreal's playwrights, actors and movie theatre owners are denouncing the government's decision, concerned about what this means for their livelihoods and the mental health of Montreal's art enthusiasts. \nEditor's Choice: 7 Montreal Home Cooks To Follow On Insta If You Wanna Chef It Up During Red Alert\n\nHow do Montreal business closures affect the arts and culture industry?\n View this post on Instagram Montreal director and theatre maker, Rose Plotek, has been appointed as Centaur Theatre’s first Associate Artist. Join her and Portico Project artist, director Sarah-Segal Lazar (In Memoriam) for our FIRST EVER Instagram Live interview! Sarah will speak to Rose about directing a play in Montreal from PEI. Tuesday Sept 29 @ 3PM. #distancedart #porticoproject #instagramlive A post shared by Centaur Theatre (@centaurtheatre) on Sep 24, 2020 at 3:21pm PDT\n\nAs of midnight on Thursday, all auditoriums, cinemas, museums, bars, casinos and restaurant dining areas will be forced to stop operations for the next month.\nAll activities and events are cancelled, outside of places of worship or funerals. \nRetail stores are staying open, as are beauty care services, and will operate under the province's public health protocols. This includes the social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing we've all become accustomed to.\n\nLegault argues that theatres, cinemas have a higher chance of spreading the virus\n View this post on Instagram Sortie au cinéma! On avait la salle juste pour nous 😍. . #activiteenfant #activitedujour #activiteenfantdujour #ecolealamaison #coschooling #ief #iefmaternelle #maternelle #apprendreensamusant #apprendreautrement #viedefamille #enfantheureux #apprendre #summerkids #summeractivite #instructionenfamille #preschoolactivities #enseignerautrement #activitematernelle #activitemanuelle #occuperlesenfants #education #cinema #guzzo #pandemie #covid_19 A post shared by Jade Pellerin (@maman_qui_fait_de_son_mieux) on Aug 30, 2020 at 12:36pm PDT\n\nThough retail stores are a major source of local outbreaks, according to Montreal's regional public health department, Premier Legault defended the province's decision to keep shops open while closing spaces for the arts.\nIn a press conference on September 29, he said there is a higher risk of transmission in places where people are in close contact for more than 10 minutes.\n"In a theatre, even if you’re only 250 people, even if you’re wearing a mask until you sit down, there is still a risk after an hour or two . . . There’s a lot of community transmission," said Legault.\n"So we can’t wait until there’s a bunch of cases in these places [to shut them down]."\n\nTheatres and cinemas denounce Legault's restrictions\n View this post on Instagram One more play, for good measure. #EnPointePSC is now officially behind us, at least in its intended theatrical form (more film and webcomic adaptations still to come, courtesy of @ajmakesthings and @jaclyn_t), but the cast have taken their final bow. Play 9 (L’histoire, l’avenir) was the only play of the series to be performed twice, as to be able to respect stricter measures imposed by Montréal’s code orange status. This project was always meant to be about seizing the opportunity to create art for and with community while the COVID window allows for it, and although we are disheartened by the imminent announcement that Montréal will move to "code red", we are so grateful that we were able to present the whole series during that ever so tight window of opportunity. As Paule (Cat Lemieux) speaks in her closing monologue, "You want to see the history of the pointe? Look in a mirror. C’est moi. C’est toi. C’est nous. Chacun, chacune. The choices we make now will ripple through time. You all being here today. That’s a choice. De se rassembler. De se connaître. De se voir. Peut-être même de s’inspirer. Et très très bientôt, nous serons invités à faire d’autres choix. De se protéger, s’entre-aider, patienter. So, tell me, what history do we want to make together, ensemble?" #WeAreQcTheatre #Theatre #PointeStCharles A post shared by Tableau D'Hôte Theatre (@tdhtheatre) on Sep 27, 2020 at 6:09pm PDT\n\nMathieu Murphy-Perron, executive director of Tableau d'Hôte Theatre, said in a statement that the government's restrictions "unfairly target" the arts.\n"It is scandalous that . . . you will be able shop at Chapters, but you may not visit a library. You can go to the mall, but not a museum," said Murphy-Perron.\nEda Holmes, artistic director of Centaur Theatre, told MTL Blog that artists in the city feared they would be next on the list of business closures.\n"We felt that we had made a good first stab at finding a way to safely offer live art inside the pandemic. But we always knew that things could change on a dime — and they have," she said.\nShe said she hoped theatres and other arts institutions would receive financial compensation for their losses since the beginning of the pandemic in March.\nVince Guzzo, president of Cinémas Guzzo, said the government's move was "arbitrary and unwarranted."\n"There have been no known cases of COVID-19 transmission linked to movie theatre visits in Québec," he said in a statement. \n"The inevitable toll induced by the government’s decision will be devastating for many local business owners and the provincial economy as a whole."