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. \nOn Thursday, National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda offered a bit of clarity as to how officials will go about making that decision.\nEditor's Choice: These Are The Average Rents In Montreal's Most Popular Areas Right Now\n\nHe made clear that though "we have to think about it now," it's "too early" to outline the conditions that will make festivals possible.\nBut he predicted that their feasibility will depend on both the progress of the vaccination campaign and the evolution of the pandemic.\n"The most crucial element," he said, will be the proportion of the population that has been vaccinated.\nHe warned, however, that even when "there are a lot of people vaccinated, we won't be able to relax [public health] measures quickly."\nSome measures, like distancing and mask-wearing, Arruda said, will probably still be in place, particularly at the beginning of summer, when the vaccination campaign will still be pushing forward.\nSummer programming will further depend on the trajectory of infections in the province.\n"Are we going to have a significant drop like we experienced last summer? Or would we be in another wave?"\n\nBut Arruda also offered at least some hope, promising officials will "do everything" they can to be "inventive" and allow "people to also have a summer."\nPublic health will also be in communication with event organizers.\nSome Montreal festivals, like Osheaga, have already announced their return in 2021.