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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Cultural Centre Executive Director, Baptiste Marcere, says he hopes to see capacity restrictions lifted in theatres across B.C. for vaccinated people.

The NPCC will be hosting a Johnny Reid concert in April and Marcere says he’s concerned that evolving health orders will further reduce the number of audience members allowed in the building.

“We had the flip recently in the guidance in the Province, which made us really worry about what is happening,” Marcere said.

“We follow all the Public Health Orders because we have to and because it’s the thing to do, but now, we’re thinking that it’s time to reopen to full capacity.”

Marcere says all guests wear masks and must be fully vaccinated, so he doesn’t see why the theatre can’t run at 100 per cent capacity.

“For shows like Johnny Reid, it’s really hurting us if we can’t have 400 people in the theatre, so that’s something we would like to see coming back,” Marcere said.

The NPCC has rapid tests available for both staff and patrons, and is considering making the tests available to performers as well.

On December 21st, the province announced that indoor seated events must only operate at half capacity. While Dr. Bonnie Henry says restrictions may start to slowly lift beginning on Family Day, it’s unclear what restrictions may be in place come April.

To learn more about what’s going on at the NPCC, check out the video below.

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