Remember 2019? When you could be surrounded by people in venues and not have a worry in the world. Well, on Saturday, October 16, the Bell Centre was finally able to be at full capacity for a Montreal Canadiens home game again and it was giving off major 2019 vibes.
For the first time in 585 days, the Habs were able to play in front of a full crowd and the team said it was "worth the wait." In case you couldn't make it in person, here are some visuals of what the night looked like.
Naturally, the arena was filled with fans wearing red jerseys in support of their favourite team.
First Opening Night intro to a full Bell Centre crowd 🥺🙌 @tytoff16 https://t.co/8XcrYnR9Nk
Our beloved Montreal Canadiens may have lost their first game 2-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they have tons of time to regain their momentum. Their first full-capacity home game is happening on Saturday, October 16 against the New York Rangers.
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At a press conference on Tuesday, Minister Dubé was asked what he thought about the crowd, consisting of nearly 15,000 fully vaccinated spectators, and whether discotheques should also have relaxed measures.
"It is certain that when you have been under the yoke of this pandemic for 18-19 months and you find yourself in a show [...] it is difficult to hold back," said Minister Dubé.
"Well, I'm not a fan of Mr. Iglesias, but the one before [Ricky Martin] was more rhythmic," he added with a laugh.
The spectators were required to wear a mask and remain seated at all times. But according to images circulating on social media, fans were gripped by dance fever leading some people to stand up and some masks to come down.
"I think the Bell Center had set the conditions to be respected. There are people who may not have respected the rules. We can understand, not that I excuse them, but we can understand," said Minister Dubé, admitting that "it was a bit of a stretch what we saw there."
Minister Dubé also said he hopes there won't be too many COVID-19 cases as a result of last weekend's event.
"Just because things are going well on the stabilization side doesn't mean we should let go of the health measures. So I hope that those who have been given flexibility, like the Bell Centre, will make sure they follow the measures," he said.