At a press conference on Thursday, Quebec Health Minister Chrisitan Dubé announced that the Bell Centre will be able to welcome a full house, with mask-wearing and vaccine passports in place, for the upcoming Montreal Canadiens season.
This is compared to the 7,500 spectators that were allowed at the Bell Centre previously.
The Bell Centre is just one venue impacted by Dubé's announcement, which allows all halls with assigned seating to fill their seats to maximum capacity beginning on October 8, as long as masks and vaccine passports are in effect.
This includes venues for conventions, conferences, assemblies, meetings, and graduation ceremonies as well as theatres and cinemas.
"We did relatively well in September," said Dubé, "but we can't claim victory yet. [...] We know there will be more contact indoors in October."
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Many provinces have restricted access to non-essential services and events, such as restaurants and concerts, to fully vaccinated residents and visitors.
Provinces recognize the federally approved vaccine passport. The government states online that provinces and territories may actually "ask you to use this proof to access non-essential services."
What information is on the vaccine passport?
Similar to Quebec's VaxiCode app and pdf proof of vaccination, the federal vaccine passport will include your first and last name, your date of birth and your COVID-19 vaccination history (vaccine lot numbers, names of manufacturers and dates received).
Unlike VaxiCode or the provincial pdf, the Canadian vaccine passport will have the federal government logo in the top right corner.
The document will have a QR code in addition to this information.
How can Quebecers get their federally approved proof of vaccination?
The provinces and territories are distributing the federal vaccine passport.
Quebecers can find it the same way they would download the provincial proof of vaccination document.
A portal on the Quebec government website prompts visitors to enter identifying information. They can then opt to receive a link to their vaccination proof either through text or email.
The link takes Quebecers to a page where they can download proofs of vaccination for use within Quebec (the VaxiCode app or a pdf document with a QR code) and for use outside of Quebec, the federally standardized vaccine passport.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi is back in Montreal for the first time since his dramatic summer exodus to Carolina to face the Montreal Canadiens and this kind of feels like seeing the ex you're still in love with.
And while there probably won't be any bad blood between the players, the fans could definitely have a thing or two to say.
According to reports, Kotkaniemi is happy in his new city and new team. Joining another three Finnish compatriots in North Carolina, KK is apparently feeling right at home away from the bright lights of Montreal.
There's no doubt that living in Raleigh is definitely a change from living in hockey-mad Montreal. In a state where NCAA basketball is (apparently) bigger than the NHL, it must be nice for a professional hockey player to be able to live in relative anonymity and focus on just playing the game.
The Habs will host the Hurricanes at the Bell Centre on Thursday night at 7 p.m. EST.
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A new study has revealed the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Quebecers' mental health, social and work life and to no one's surprise, we're basically a bunch of quivering wrecks.
Seventy-seven percent of Quebec respondents reported feelings of dissatisfaction with their social lives, but more women (80%) than men (73%) felt dissatisfied.
The study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec evaluated the responses of more than 7,000 Quebecers aged 15 and over.
While many people experienced loneliness and isolation, the study found that women, people under 35, students, and people living alone or in single-parent households were among the groups who were most affected.
Physical and mental health concerns affected the vast majority of Quebecers, according to the study.
Sixty-two percent of Quebecers aged 15 and older reported that they were concerned about their own health during the pandemic. 73% said they were concerned about the health of a loved one "at-risk" (defined as a person "aged 70 and over or with a health problem or working in the health care sector").
In regards to physical activity, the study found that 45% of respondents decreased their activity levels during the pandemic, with 15 to 24-year-olds reporting the largest decrease among all age groups.
And finally, among the vices, 14% of respondents reported an increase in alcohol consumption, while 17% reported a decrease. Four percent of respondents reported an increase in their use of cannabis and 3% reported a decrease.
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