MONTREAL (CITYNEWS) – Quebec began gradually reducing its COVID-19 restrictions in Montreal last week and will continue to do so as summer approaches. Here’s an alphabetical guide to summer life in the post-lockdown Montreal.
Bars and restaurants
The provincial government has yet to announce when bars and restaurants can open their doors for sit-in customers.
The provincial government has yet to announce when hair salons, nail salons and tattoo parlours can reopen in Montreal. These services will reopen June 1 elsewhere in the province.
The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until at least June 21.
Campgrounds and marinas outside the Montreal area are reopening June 1. Overnight stays will be permitted in provincial parks.
Quebec’s courthouses will gradually reopen beginning June 1 following weeks of pandemic-induced shutdowns. Courtrooms will have reduced seating capacity in order to conform to physical distancing requirements. Plexiglas has been installed inside the rooms to protect clerks and judges.
Day camps across the province will be allowed to open as of June 22, with physical distancing and other COVID-19 health measures in effect. That means smaller groups of children and frequent handwashing. As for sleep-away summer camps, the province says they won’t be allowed to reopen until next year.
The province has permitted outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 10 people from three families with social distancing in place.
Gyms and spas
The provincial government has yet to announce when gyms and spas can reopen.
Health care services (private)
Private health care services such as physiotherapy, optometry, acupuncture, dental care, occupational therapy, family counselling and more are available beginning June 1.
Wearing a non-medical mask in public places is not mandatory.
Moving is permitted, including on July 1, but Montrealers are asked to remain cautious. Government officials’ tips for a safe move include limiting the number of people helping you, disinfecting all surfaces and washing your hands as much as possible.
Museums are allowed to reopen on May 29 throughout the province, though some Montreal museums like the Museum of Fine Arts and the McCord will remain closed until later this summer.
Parks and Pools
Parks, pools and outdoor structures like splash pads have opened for the summer. The province says those responsible for maintaining parks should clean frequently touched surfaces regularly and there should be a spot for people to wash their hands.
Retail stores in Montreal – with a door directly to the outside – have already welcomed back customers. Stores are restricting the number of people allowed in their shops and asking everyone to sanitize their hands as they enter. Shoppers must keep a two-metre distance and can no longer use changing rooms to try on clothes.
- Daycares: closed until at least June 1.
- Elementary schools: closed until late August.
- High schools, CEGEPs and universities: closed until September.
Sports (amateur) & recreation
Recreational sports, leisure and outdoor activities can be done individually or in pairs if physical distancing rules can still be managed.
Non-organized leisure activities permitted: canoeing and kayaking, jogging, rock climbing, kite surfing, day fishing, paddle boarding, scuba diving and snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking and surfing.
Other non-contact sports permitted: track and field, rowing, speed canoeing and kayaking, outdoor cycling, golfing, sea kayaking, open water swimming, rollerblading, roller skiing, outdoor tennis, triathlon and sailing.
- Montreal Alouettes: The Canadian Football League (CFL) has postponed the start of training camps, pre-season and regular season. The league is hoping to play a shortened season that would begin in September.
- Montreal Canadiens: The National Hockey League (NHL) has advised its teams to prepare for a roster of 28 players and an unlimited amount of goaltenders for training camp and the playoffs if it can return this summer. The league says training camp isn’t expected to begin before early July. If the NHL goes ahead with its 24-team playoff format, games could begin in late July or early August. The Canadiens would face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round.
- Montreal Impact: Major League Soccer (MLS) is reportedly looking at resuming play later this summer in one hub, possibly the Orlando area. Impact players have resumed individual training at Centre Nutrilait, the team’s practice facility.
With files from The Canadian Press.