Montreal to host outdoor screenings of Canadiens games after request for increased capacity from Bell Center fans has been denied

Montreal announced it would host outdoor viewing nights to allow fans to watch the Canadiens play in the Stanley Cup final, a day after Quebec’s public health denied a request to allow more fans in the Bell Center.

The city said free screenings will take place in the city’s entertainment district, the Quartier des spectacles, starting Friday with the Canadiens’ first home game in the Stanley Cup Final Series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. .

The announcement comes as the Quebec government confirmed it had turned down a request by the Canadiens organization to allow approximately 10,500 fans into the team’s arena, which would have been half of its capacity. .

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The province said in a statement Thursday morning that it had decided to maintain the current limit of 3,500 people in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

But the health department said it would increase the number of people allowed to gather at festivals and outdoor events to 5,000 from Friday.

The province says those seated should be kept 1.5 meters from those who do not live with them, and masks are recommended when people are moving.

Quebec hockey fans will be able to watch the games screened inside the Videotron Center as of Friday, at a cost of $ 11 each. Here too, the rules will be the same: a limit of 3,500 spectators per match will be authorized.

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