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    On Thursday, Public Health officially denied the Montreal Canadiens’ request to increase the number of spectators in the arena. Currently, they are allowed 3,500 fans in seats per game but the team wanted to include 10,500 people. Game 3 is set to be played Friday night at 8 p.m.

    Initially, sources thought they would approve the increase as Quebec wants to promote vaccinations among the youth by allowing more fans. The unnamed source said “It’s a missed opportunity because the government would have liked to send a strong message in favour of vaccinations. However, it was the Montreal public health that refused to let more people into the Bell Centre.

    After the failed negotiations Habs president and CEO Geoff Molson tweeted “We tried..” A strategic medical advisor of health, Doctor Richard Massé, explains that officials rather be cautious when it comes to making exceptions to public health orders as the other groups might demand similar treatment. Massé said, “That’s why when we propose measures, we want to make sure they apply elsewhere,”.

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