The situation in Montréal: what you need to know

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This article was updated on September 22, 2021. 

On June 28, 2021, Montréal cruised into summer as a green zone under the Government du Québec’s reopening plan. Here’s everything you’ll need to know to plan your unforgettable island getaway in Montréal! 

 

The latest border requirements

Since August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States currently residing there are eligible to enter Canada. Visitors must upload proof of vaccination status through Canada’s ArriveCAN system before their trip, yet there will be no further mandatory hotel stopover requirement upon arrival.

Since September 7, 2021, all other foreign nationals who qualify as fully vaccinated are eligible for entry into the country. Find full details and an up to date list of requirements at travel.gc.ca.

There are no preventive isolation measures for people arriving in Montréal from other Canadian provinces. However, non-essential travel should be avoided. Remember, however, that other provinces may have restrictions or rules for travellers arriving from Québec. Find out more here.

Interregional travel within the province of Québec is permitted.

These are the currently accepted vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

Since September 1, 2021, a vaccination passport is  in effect in Québec. This passport allows visitors and residents who are fully vaccinated to have access to non-essential activities and businesses, such as restaurants, bars, gyms, festivals and events. (See the complete list here.) The vaccination passport is required for everyone aged 13 and older

Québec residents:

  • You will need to show a QR code that contains your protection status as proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Proof can be shown on paper, in a PDF on a mobile device or on the VaxiCode app (available to download from the App Store, and on Google Play.)

National and international travellers to Québec:

  • You must show photo ID and proof issued by your country or Canadian province that you have had two doses of a recognized vaccine (see list above). 

Safely open for business!

Public health and safety remain a primary concern, and Montréal is ready with a hearty Bienvenue! to welcome guests back to the city.

Activities permitted in green zones since August 1, 2021, are as follows:

  • Indoor gatherings of people from different 3 households or a maximum of 10 people are permitted.  

  • Outdoor gatherings are permitted on private property and on balconies for a maximum of 20 people. If distancing is not possible, wearing a mask is highly recommended. 

  • Restaurants are open for indoor dining and terraces are open. Indoors, a maximum of 10 people or 3 different households can share the same table. Outdoor terraces can accommodate a maximum of 20 people. With the exception of fast food services, an attendance registry must be kept. Here’s some of our favourite outdoor terraces you won’t want to miss!

  • Bars, breweries, taverns, casinos are permitted to open, at 50% capacity. A maximum of 10 people or 3 different households can share the same table. Customers must remain seated at their tables, and dancing and singing are prohibited. Outdoor terraces can accommodate a maximum of 20 people per table. An attendance registry must be kept and establishments must close at 2 a.m. (alcohol sales must stop at midnight). 

  • Indoor concert halls and outdoor venues with assigned seats are able to welcome up to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. For arenas and festival grounds, capacity stands at 7,500 indoors and 15,000 outdoors. 

  • Day camps and summer camps can reopen.  

  • It is possible to practise supervised sports and recreational activities outdoors, in groups of 50 people maximum. This includes guided tours. 

  • You can take part in activities and public events outdoors, according to specific rules. 

  • Indoor and outdoor tournaments and competitions are allowed, as well as the possibility of organizing outdoor sports and recreational events welcoming spectators.   

  • Festivals and other events offering outdoor shows during which spectators are standing or sitting without an assigned seat can take place everywhere in Québec, as long as basic health measures and other specific measures are applied. A maximum o f 3,500 people are authorized on each site. Festival and event promoters must comply with specific instructions. Here’s our list of Montréal’s must-see summer 2021 festivals!

  • There will be an easing of requirements on wearing masks and distancing oneself at private gatherings for people having received both vaccine doses. 

  • Travel to another region or city of the province of Québec is permitted. 

Safely moving towards Québec’s reopening

Many businesses and attractions have been open for several months now, with capacity restrictions and health measures in place. 

  • Nonessential businesses, including personal care services, hairdressers and spas are open, as are shopping centres and libraries. 

  • Accommodation establishments of all types, including guest houses are open. Hotel swimming pools remain open (see each hotel’s specific schedule and rules). 

  • Museums, the Biodôme, Planetarium, Botanical Garden and zoos can welcome visitors, as long as health measures are respected. 

  • Indoor swimming pools and skating rinks in municipalities can welcome individuals or groups from the same family bubble. 

  • Movie theatres are open. 

Visit the Gouvernement du Québec websitefor more information. 

Good news: data on vaccination against COVID-19 in Québec

The vaccination plan is rolling out extremely well in Québec: 78% of the population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19. 

As of September 22, 2021, 12,782,475* (+10,645**) doses of the vaccine have been administered in the province of Québec. In Montréal alone, the number of doses administered has reached 3,237,728

*The total number of first and second doses administered. 

**The number of administered doses in the last 24 hours. 

Source: Gouvernement du Québec

The basics still apply: Limit contacts, social distance, wear a mask 

Public health authorities have reiterated the importance of limiting contacts beyond our households, maintaining social distances in indoor and outdoor public spaces, and of wearing a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces or wherever the two-metre distance cannot be maintained. A mask or face cover is mandatory for people aged 10 years and over in all indoor public places (including public transit) throughout the territory of the province of Québec. 

Keeping safe is easy: We got this!

As the world begins to reopen, the efforts of everyone have proven necessary and effective at keeping Covid-19 numbers down and the population safe. In Québec, public health authorities have reiterated the importance of limiting contacts beyond our households, maintaining social distances in indoor and outdoor public spaces, and of wearing a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces or wherever the two-metre distance cannot be maintained. A mask or face cover is mandatory for people aged 10 years and over in all indoor public places (including public transit) throughout the territory of the province of Québec.

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