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Tickets for Moore’s speech are no longer on sale, and Levant is offering refunds for anyone who cannot attend.
Conexus Arts Centre CEO Neil Donnelly said the facility is taking a wait-and-see approach by rescheduling some events into the future when restrictions could potentially be lifted. For the time being, Donnelly said live performances in the theatre are limited to 150 people to ensure physical distancing. The theatre’s normal capacity is 2,000.
Levant said he has also written a letter to provincial Health Minister Jim Reiter outlining steps the event would take to make it safe.
Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab has given no indication that an end to the pandemic is in sight. Shahab recently noted that the province is still seeing a steady trickle of cases related to community transmission. He has encouraged residents to be on guard as colder temperatures prompt people to stay indoors, where physical distancing is more difficult.
Premier Scott Moe also recently encouraged residents to stay vigilant, and said people letting their guard down at social gatherings will be a challenge as winter approaches. Moe made the comments after six new cases were reported in Saskatoon on Sunday that were tied to a single private gathering.
Moore has been criticized for calling the climate crisis fake news and fake science. He sits on the board of directors of the CO2 coalition, a group that promotes the notion that carbon dioxide is beneficial for the planet.
Following controversy over his presence at the sustainability conference, Moore’s invitation was withdrawn. However, the city was still on the hook for a $6,200 payment to Moore for breaching its contract. The event itself was also later called off due to the pandemic.