‘Too big a step’: Montrealers apprehensive about 250-person gatherings


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“Because people will think, ‘OK, it’s fine,’ and then go crazy. It won’t be worth it.”

Gravel said she feels for people who have missed big life events during the pandemic, noting some families have been waiting to celebrate milestones or anniversaries since March.

“If I’m invited to a big ceremony that’s worth it, then yes I would go,” she said. “But I would make sure to keep my distance and make sure everything is clean.”

Steven Fagan, 71

“I think it’s the wrong choice. Actually, I think it’s insane,” said Fagan. “I mean, 250 people. How do you control their distancing from each other? You would probably need a football field in order to distance properly.”

“It’s cuckoo. It doesn’t make sense to me,” Fagan added. “We’re walking around with masks for five months, do we want to be potentially walking around with masks for another year and a half? I don’t know. They shouldn’t allow it.”

Overall, Fagan praised the Quebec government and Premier François Legault’s handling of the pandemic so far, but added: “I just think this particular item is stupid.”

David Searle, 31

“I think it’s probably fine if the measures are being respected and if people are wearing masks and keeping their distances,” Searle said. “I’m not too concerned.”

Searle said he hasn’t been to any large gatherings yet, but would now be comfortable attending a venue with 250 people.

“You go outside in the city and it’s pretty busy,” he said. “I’m looking forward to hearing about the Orchestre Métropolitain’s program that’s coming out. I’m excited about that.”