One Montrealer, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has decided to call out influencers and public figures to use their pages to help promote safe practices and what others can do to limit the spread.
The page, called @denoncer.influenceurs (previously @cancel.influencers), has its bio as "A small page to expose our beloved influencers and those who don't deserve this platform," translated from French.
At the time of writing this article, the page had 8.6k followers after just three days.
MTL Blog reached out to the page's owner to learn more about how the page came to be.
What made you want to start this page? What was the goal?
So I started the page because I was getting pretty tired of seeing the influencers use their platforms to promote their travelling and/or partying.
I saw a lot of other people talking about them individually, so I thought why not have a page that talks about them all at the same place.
The goal was really just to use the page to point out the ones that weren’t respecting the rules or doing non-essential travelling or any influencer that wasn’t really using their platform for good reasons!
What have the reactions been like so far? Have there been any constructive conversations?
Honestly, the reactions have been great so far! Pretty much everyone has been telling me that they’re glad someone finally spoke about what they were doing/promoting.
For every 100 good comments/messages, there’s one bad/angry one.
There have been good conversations. A lot of people sharing their stories and realities mostly! Like what it’s like to be working in healthcare and schools right now and since last March, so it’s been really interesting to have their point of view in all of this.
Why do you think people get so upset when they see influencers seemingly breaking the rules?
I think what is most upsetting is how some of them are publicly partying, like in Miami and places like that, when healthcare workers have been working so hard to keep us safe since March.
Instead of using their platforms to encourage them or encourage people to stay home and be safe, they do exactly the opposite of what they should be doing!
Putting in danger anyone here if they bring it back, and putting people in danger at their destination if they catch it there and need to be treated and hospitalized in places that don’t have the same level of care we have here.
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Remember last year when it seemed that every week there were new COVID-19 rules that the Quebec government would spring on us and we all felt really down? Well, it's the same thing this year, but instead of misery, we're feeling optimistic because this summer's new COVID-19 rules have an eye towards a pandemic-freefuture.
One of the major changes coming on Monday is that you no longer have to maintain a two-metre distance between other people.
According to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), "the distance to be respected between people from different residences will be lowered from two meters to one meter, both outside and inside."
There are still two situations that require two-metre distancing, however: "singing activities" and "high-intensity exercise in gyms," according to the government.
Wearing a face mask is still mandatory in all indoor public spaces.
Let's get flexible
No, not like that!
We're talking about stores, festivals, sporting events, and other activities with potentially large crowds.
As of Monday, there won't be any capacity limits inside retail stores. While you still have to maintain a one-metre distance, there will be no more annoying lineups outside.
Moreover, in venues with fixed seating, people from different households only need to keep one seat between them and other parties. One-metre distancing is still required in common areas.
Finally, "at amateur events where spectators are seated in bleachers, bleachers or fixed seating, the maximum number of spectators permitted per sports venue is 50 indoors and 100 outdoors."
The government has also reminded Quebecers that "since June 25, adequately protected people" — i.e. people with two doses of a vaccine — "no longer have to follow the recommendations on distancing and wearing a face covering during gatherings in private homes."