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Please note that the information below was last updated March 1, 2021.

Montréal in the red zone: relaxing of certain measures for spring break week

On February 16, government and public health authorities announced the further relaxation of certain measures to allow the reopening of certain activities, in time for the spring break week.

As of February 26, 2021:

  • The curfew remains in effect until further notice.
  • Movie theatres may open duing the day, but food concessions must remain closed.
  • Indoor swimming pools and skating rinks may open for individuals or groups from the same family bubble. (Note: Hotel swimming pools must remain closed.)
  • Outdoor sports and recreational activities are now permitted for groups up to a maximum to eight people.

Reopenings already permitted as of February 8, 2021:

  • Reopening of non-essential businesses, including personal care services and hairdressers
  • Reopening of shopping centres
  • Reopening of libraries
  • Reopening of museums

Like many other regions of Québec, Montréal is designated a red zone. In addition to the main health measures (see below), the following measures will remain in place to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • The curfew will remain in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Residents must not leave their homes during curfew except in cases that justify travel, such as healthcare, humanitarian reasons, or to engage in essential work.
  • Indoor team sports activities remain prohibited.
  • Indoor and outdoor visits to other residential addresses are prohibited, except for people living alone.
  • Indoor or outdoor private gatherings remain prohibited.
  • Travel between regions and cities is not recommended.
  • Restaurant dining rooms must remain closed:
    • Take-out or drive-through orders are permitted outside of curfew hours.
    • Deliveries are permitted at all times, even during curfew.
  • Bars, casinos, gyms and performance venues must remain closed.

Although the situation is difficult for everyone, we hope that everyone will respect the health, security and confinement measures in place, so that we can regain control of the situation. By doing so, we can all once again enjoy the stellar culture and food scenes that are such an important part of Montréal’s appeal. 

Travel and borders
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. 

Accommodation establishments of all types, including guest houses, can accommodate guests. The only exception is youth hostels, which are currently closed.


The priority continues to be the health and safety of everyone. Here are the most important sanitary measures that must always be respected.

Social distancing and masks

  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres (about 6 feet) from other people who are not from your household.
  • Wear a mask or face covering in indoor public spaces.

The mask or face cover is mandatory for people aged 10 years and over in indoor public places throughout the territory of the province of Québec.  In Montréal, a mask or face covering is mandatory for all public transit users.

To learn more about the current situation in Montréal, read this article.


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.   



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