Clubbers in Canada’s Quebec ask govt to lift ban on dancing & karaoke in ‘dance for the right to dance’ protest (VIDEOS) — RT World News

Deprived of their favourite pastime, club-goers have taken to the streets of Montreal in Canada’s Quebec, demanding that authorities lift ban on dancing and singing in clubs – a verboten activity under Covid-19 rules.

Large crowds of demonstrators staged Saturday’s dance party-slash protest west of Montreal. Some of the demonstrators wore party costumes and held signs that read: “open the dance floor” “dance for the right to dance”As music was blared out of a loudspeaker.  

While Quebec eased many of the pandemic restrictions on indoor venues, and clubs and bars have been able to welcome visitors since summer, the ban on dancing and karaoke persists, prompting frustrated club owners and revellers to question the government’s logic. Critics argue that the major concert venues already operate at their full capacity. One example is The Bell Centre in Montreal which was host to a show by Ricky Martin (pop star) and Enrique Iglesias (pop star). The area was packed with 15,000 people to witness Martin and Iglesias’ show on Saturday.

Quebec is the other province in Canada where clubbers are not allowed to engage in seemingly harmless activities, along with British Colombia.

Club owners have long been pushing for the reversal of the ban, arguing that the policy has given rise to ”underground” nightlife industry, where the mask mandate and other pandemic-related restrictions are ignored and people are free to dance and sing. Global News Canada was told by a Montreal club owner that he would accept all restrictions from the government. These could include vaccine passports and masks. If the floor is allowed to reopen legally, it will be possible to do so.

We’re okay with passports and masks. “We just want to be able to open.”He stated. also available
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“Montreal is one of the last few cities in the world where you still can’t dance, and we have one of the highest vaccination rates in the world for adults,”Mathiue Grondin, director and co-founder of an industry advocacy association, pointed to the outlet. He denounced the ban. 

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