“More extensive” excavations at the entrance of the sites, a strong police presence, but not increased “drastically” and a call for vigilance of festival-goers. Two days before the opening of the 50th Quebec City Summer Festival (FEQ), the organization gave an update on its safety game plan.
Considering itself already a safe event, the FEQ does not make major changes to its policies. According to production director of the event, Patrick Martin, however, spectators can expect more thorough excavations at the entrance of the plains of Abraham and Parc de la Francophonie, where three separate rows will be set up: One for those arriving empty-handed, one for those with a backpack and one for those who bring a stroller (which will however be prohibited at the concert of Metallica on July 14). Metal detectors will also be used on certain evenings, says Martin.
“People are advised not to come with backpacks,” he says. The backpack slows down the digging process, thus delays our entries. It is recommended to leave them in the cloakroom, in the car or at home, if possible. It is preferable to allow accessibility to the site. We guarantee that people will be able to enter, but if you arrive with backpacks, it takes longer. ”
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Without significantly increasing its deployment compared to previous years, the Quebec City Police Service (SPVQ) will once again be present on the streets during the FEQ. “The festival was already an event that was very safe with a significant amount of police. There are so many people who are in town during this event. We can not say that we are drastically increasing the number of employees, “says André Turcotte, an inspector in the Police Operations Support Section at the SPVQ.
“An assessment is made from different elements,” says Turcotte. To give an example, the show of Metallica versus the show of Isabelle Boulay, there is a difference in the numbers by force of circumstances. We always look at the programming and the associated risks. After that, we deploy the numbers. ”