Montreal protesters urge government to allow dance floors to reopen

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MONTREAL – A crowd of Montrealers organized a big dance party on Mount Royal today to urge the Quebec government to lift its ban on dancing in bars and clubs.

MONTREAL – A crowd of Montrealers organized a big dance party on Mount Royal today to urge the Quebec government to lift its ban on dancing in bars and clubs.

A DJ blew music into a loudspeaker as protesters donned glittering wigs, jumpsuits and costumes as they rocked to the beat of the music and waved signs reading “Dance for the Right to Dance “.

Several people in the crowd say it is unfair that the government allows large venues like the Bell Center to reopen at full capacity for concerts and hockey games, but clubs and bars cannot open their dance floors to much smaller crowds.

Quebec and British Columbia are the only two provinces that continue to ban dancing in bars and nightclubs under their COVID-19 regulations.

Quebec has said it is taking a gradual approach to lifting restrictions on the pandemic, and experts have said dancing can be dangerous due to lack of distancing and other factors.

But protesters say the ban has gone on long enough and it’s time to let people relax and have fun while sticking to measures to limit risk.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 23, 2021

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