Sanitary Measures at Events: Spotlight on the Imagine Van Gogh Exhibit

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We will all remember summer 2020 as a season marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating consequences on business events and conventions. At the Québec City Convention Centre alone, 14 national and international conventions were inadvertently cancelled in the summer due to government directives to limit large gatherings. But that didn’t get the Convention Centre team down! It had an ace up its sleeve: the immersive Imagine Van Gogh exhibit!

A Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan

The Québec City Convention Centre had already implemented its Health and Safety Plan, which was approved by the Province of Québec’s health authority. However, to host the Imagine Van Gogh exhibit, the Convention Centre had to also to guarantee an exceptionally safe and healthy environment for the general public. The team overcame the challenge as Dr. Horacio Arruda, Québec’s National Public Health Director, gave their sanitary measures a thumbs up! The Québec City Convention Centre became the first venue in Québec to hold a major event once lockdown measures eased.

Photo: Kesnel-Charles Pelletier

A 100% Safe Experience for Visitors

Over 75,000 visitors enjoyed the Imagine Van Gogh exhibit from July to September 2020. They were able to appreciate the Québec City Convention Centre’s sanitary measures. A survey was conducted among a sample of visitors when they left the exhibit and the results showed that 100% of them felt completely safe during the event.

From July to September 2020, the Government of Québec also entrusted the Québec City Convention Centre with the public consultations for the city’s tramway project, the Projet de construction d’un tramway à Québec, with the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) as well as school exams and press conferences held by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Filming at the Centre

Due to the pandemic’s second wave in the fall 2020 and the Québec Government declaring Québec City to be in a red zone, the Québec City Convention Centre had to cancel events in October, with the exception of filming. Thankfully, the Convention Centre’s multifunctional rooms remain open to host filming for hybrid and virtual events, which was the case during the recent 2020 Fidéides. This virtual gala took place on October 1 and was produced with Encore Canada, experts in full-service audio-visual presentation and staging solutions.

Teams Are Ready To Welcome You!

When business events will be authorized again, the teams at the Québec City Convention Centre will be ready to welcome you with open arms—with the same high-octane energy as this summer! The Centre has all the space required for social distancing. What’s more: with the Centre’s sanitary measures, event attendees and conference-goers will feel safe just as much as visitors ot the Imagine Van Gogh exhibit.

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