To keep informed about the current situation
Please note that the information below was last updated September 18, 2020.
Montréal: reopening of all sectors
With the arrival of nicer weather and encouraging daily reports from Santé publique (public health), Montréal has been gradually reopening and resuming its summer activities. The city is slowly starting to get back on its feet and many places and services are open to everyone once again!
To learn more about the status of international travel and border crossings, or the mandatory measures for visitors entering Canada from abroad, visit the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website for the latest official information.
Health and safety first
Much to the delight of citizens and visitors, most of the city’s public spaces and businesses are now open. Our priority, however, remains everyone’s health and safety. Here are the most recent developments and guidelines to keep in mind:
Social distancing and masks
Everyone is asked to stay 2 metres (around 6 feet) away from others who do not share the same residence as much as possible.
As of July 18, 2020, masks or face coverings are mandatory in indoor public places throughout the province of Quebec. This measure includes businesses, boutiques, grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping centers, cinemas, performance halls, common areas of establishments and office buildings and public transit. In Montréal, masks or face coverings are mandatory for all users of public transit. On August 10, Dr. Horacio Arruda, director of public health for the Government of Québec, announced that, as of August 24, the age limit for the mandatory mask requirement on public transport and in enclosed public places will be lowered from 12 to 10 years.
Restaurants and bars
Since June 22, Montréal restaurants have been given the green light to reopen dining rooms as well as outdoor patios if they respect the hygiene protocols (limited number of people in order to respect social distancing). Many restaurants continue to offer delivery service and take-out meals.
Bars have been allowed to reopen since June 25, although they must respect the same sanitary protocols as restaurants and patrons must be seated. No dancing or standing at the bar for now. All bars must close at midnight until further notice.
The same health protocols apply to gaming establishments, such as the Casino de Montréal.
As of Monday, August 3, the maximum number of people allowed during indoor and outdoor events will increase from 50 to 250 people, as long as health measures, particularly physical distancing, are respected.
All types of accommodations, including B&Bs and youth hostels, can welcome guests.
Find out more
Have questions? Here are reliable sources of information.
For specific questions regarding public health guidelines, government regulations and support programs or about travel to and within Montréal, we recommend consulting these sites for official information.
- Government of Canada
- Gouvernement du Québec
- YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport
- La Ville de Montréal
- La Société de transport de Montréal
- VIA Rail
- Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)