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Montreal, May 24 (Canadian-Media): Amidst gradual easing of restrictions on gatherings, travel and other activities, Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy announced May 22 at a news conference in Montreal that starting May 29, museums, libraries and drive-in cinemas will be permitted to reopen across the province, media reports said.
Nathalie Roy. Image credit: Twitter handle
ut Quebecers will not be allowed to hold guided tours nor would they be permitted to host vernissages or other events.
Keeping with the social distancing guidelines put out by Quebec's workplace health and safety board, CNESST, the number of people inside at the same time would be limited to enable them to keep a two metre distance from others.
Not all museums would reopen next week some museums take longer to adapt to those guidelines.
The McCord Museum in Montreal will reopen on June 23 and the Stewart Museum on June 25.
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal will announce its reopening plans next week.
Although announcement of reopening date of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is held off, Nathalie Bondil, director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts said the first exhibit to receive visitors would be the temporary Egyptian mummies installation.
In Quebec City, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will reopen on June 29.
The MNBAQ's Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit, which was originally set to close this month, will continue to run until Sept. 7.
The extensive online offering by the Montreal Holocaust Museum's administration to enable people explore history from the comfort of home will continue even after the museum reopens, said spokesperson Sarah Fogg.
The museum, as well as the Montreal Botanical Gardens and planetarium, do not yet have a set date for reopening.
The operation of the libraries across the province, once open, would also be different.
Only a designated area around service counters would be accessible to the public.
The public will neither be able to browse the library's book aisles, nor will they will be able to use library computers.
The CNESST recommends not to touch the returned books for 24 hours.
Work at recording studios will be able to resume June 1 under specific conditions. Only five members of technical crew would be permitted and performers must stay two metres away from one another,.
As far as live performance, concerts or theatre productions are concerned, Public health has not yet given the go-ahead.
Realizing that many artists have lost their livelihood due to non functioning of concert halls, stages and film sets, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault at the news conference said,
"Now is the time more than ever to support our artists, consume our culture."