The situation in Montréal: what you need to know

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This article was updated on June 11, 2021.

Since Monday, June 7, Montréal is designated an orange zone, signalling the lifting of many restrictions as the Gouvernement du Québec continues to roll out its reopening plan.

 

Activities permitted in orange zones

The curfew was lifted at the end of May, and Montréal and Laval are now considered orange zones. Here’s what that means:

  • Indoor gatherings of people from different households, with exceptions for caregivers or people who live alone (or are a single parent with young children), are still not permitted.
  • Outdoor gatherings are permitted on private property and on balconies for a maximum of 8 people from different households or all occupants from two households. Basic health measures must be followed at all times.
  • Restaurants can reopen for indoor dining and terraces are open. A maximum of 2 adults with minor children from 2 different households, or all members of one household per table are permitted.
  • With the exception of fast food services, restaurant reservations are mandatory. An attendance register must be kept, and the sale of alcohol is not permitted without the purchase of food.
  • Indoor concert halls and outdoor venues with assigned seats are able to welcome up to 2,500 people (spread out in zones of 250 people).
  • Travel to another region or city of the province of Québec is not recommended, but is permitted.

The reopening plan: easing of restrictions throughout the summer

The Gouvernement du Québec’s reopening plan will roll out over the next few months, until the end of August 2021.

As of June 11, bars will be able to open their terraces. A maximum of 2 adults from different households, or all the members of one household per table, will be permitted. It will also be possible to practise supervised sports (no contact sports) and recreational activities outdoors, in groups of 25 people maximum. This includes guided tours.

As of June 25, 2021, day camps and vacation camps will reopen. You will be able to take part in public activities and events outdoors, according to specific rules.

Festivals and other events presenting outdoor performances with spectators standing or sitting without assigned seats can be held throughout Québec, subject to compliance with the basic health measures and other specific measures. A maximum of 2,500 people will be authorized on each site.

Tournaments and competitions will be permitted, and outdoor sports and recreational events with spectators may be held. Festival and event promoters must follow the rules governing festivals and artistic, cultural, and recreational events held this summer.

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

Towards the end of August 2021, if 75% of Quebecers aged 12 years and older have received both doses of the vaccine, and if the epidemiological circumstances allow it, other rules will be relaxed for gatherings, indoor and outdoor events, sports and recreational activities.

Open for business, with health measures in place

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 remain open. The only exception is youth hostels. Hotel swimming pools remain open (see each hotel’s specific schedule and rules).
  • Museums, the Biodome, 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 and, as of June 7, their food concessions may open, with restrictions.

Visit the Government of Québec website for more information.

Data on vaccination against COVID-19 in Québec: positive news!

The vaccination plan is rolling out extremely well in Québec: over 67% of the population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19.

As of June 11, 2021, 6,487,877* (+98 453**) doses of the vaccine have been administered in the province of Québec. In Montréal alone, the number of doses administered has reached 1,604,377.

*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.

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