Coronavirus in Quebec: A crowd of capacity welcomed in Montreal for the Ricky Martin-Enrique Iglesias show

MONTREAL – The Bell Center was packed on Friday night for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as Ricky Martin and Erique Iglesias took to the stage.

The risk of ongoing COVID-19 infection hasn’t stopped the thousands of screaming Living La Vida Loca fans after showing proof of vaccination and promising to wear a mask.

“Are you ready to have a good time Montreal?” Martin said from the stage. “Let’s do this.”

Wearing a mask and flashing a VaxiCode vaccine passport was a small price to pay for many who welcomed the Latin superstars.

“I’m so excited chikka-bomb-bomb, chikka-bomb-bomb, woooo!” said a woman before entering.

The concert, however, almost did not take place. Organizer Evenko nearly canceled the show, but on Thursday Health Minister Christian Dube announced changes to public health rules allowing theaters, cinemas and sports venues with allocated seats to operate at full capacity.

Some believe that changing policy may not be the best course of action.

“Personally, I think it may be a little premature at the moment to do this,” said infectious disease specialist Dr Donald Vinh. “I think we have not mastered or controlled the fourth wave. We are starting to see a slight decrease in community cases but we still have a high number of hospitalized cases including in intensive care where 50% of the capacity is devoted to COVID patients, so I’m not sure whether to abandon social public health measures, not sure now is the right time. “

For those attending the show, however, it was time to party safely.

“Maybe two years ago, not now,” said one woman before the show. ” Now all is fine. We are fully vaccinated. “

Friday’s performance was a tryout at the Bell Center, as Habs fans prepare to flood the arena for the Montreal Canadiens‘ home opener next Saturday against the New York Rangers.

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