The situation in Montréal: what you need to know

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This article was updated on September 25, 2023. 

Who’s up for dancing and karaoke? Yep, COVID restrictions in Montréal and the province of Québec are lifted!  


The city’s vibrant array of hotels, restaurants, bars, boutiques and malls, museums, theatres, concert and sports venues, popular attractions and more are open at full capacity and ready to serve all comers.


Things to know before you go

As the city gets back into the swing of things, there are still a few key things to keep in mind to ensure a safe and seamless Montréal experience:


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The following is a quick rundown of some of the many things you can do during your time in Montréal.


Hotels and transportation: Whether it’s of the major chain or swanky boutique variety, Montréal’s multitude of amazing hotels (you’ve got 25,000 rooms to choose from), and accommodation establishments of all types, are open, accessible and at your service. As far as getting around goes, buses, the subway (or metro as we call it here), ferries, taxis, car services, etc. are the way to go.


Restaurants: Montréal’s world-renowned restaurants are back to blowing minds with their culinary excellence. 


Bars, breweries and casinos: Nightlife at Montréal’s many bars, breweries and at its casino is back! If you’ve never been, you absolutely must treat yourself to a visit to the utterly one-of-a-kind Casino de Montréal, with its four restaurants of fine dining and live entertainment.


Stores, markets and shopping centres: All your favourite chic boutiques and trendy shops, one-of-a-kind farmer’s markets (like the incomparable Atwater Market and renowned Jean-Talon Market) and next-level shopping centres (including those that are linked to Montréal’s world-famous Underground City) are all open for business.


Museums and galleries: The city’s numerous museums and galleries are open and happy to share their newest exhibitions. It’s also important to note that some museums might ask that you book your visit in advance. 


Amusement parks, recreation centres, zoological gardens and aquariums:  Take advantage of Montréal’s dizzying array of recreational activities or other must-visit MTL mainstays such as the Biodôme or the Botanical Garden. Just check if you need to reserve your tickets before you go.


Cultural events, shows and performances: Live music concerts, theatre and dance performances and movie theatres are back in full swing. We’ve also welcomed back fans at sports events in arenas and stadiums (check out the city’s beloved Montreal Canadiens, or Habs as we call them, at the Bell Centre).


Official information sources

For specific questions regarding guidelines and government regulations, or about travel to and within Montréal, we recommend consulting these sites for official, up-to-date information:

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