The situation in Montréal: what you need to know

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This article was updated on October 19, 2020.

On September 28, Montréal was one of the regions in the province designated a red zone by the Government of Québec and public health authorities due to a significant rise in new COVID-19 cases. New temporary restrictions were announced that will be in effect until October 28, at which time the government will re-evaluate the situation. 

The basics: 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 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.

What’s open and closed

The following businesses and attractions will be temporarily closed, until October 28:

  • restaurants and food courts in shopping centres and grocery stores, except for deliveries, take-out or drive-through orders
  • bars and nightclubs
  • microbreweries and distilleries (on-site consumption only, retail sales are permitted)
  • casinos and gaming houses
  • museums, the Biodôme de Montréal, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Montréal Insectarium and the Montréal Botanical Garden, as well as aquariums and zoos
  • arcades, amusement parks and water parks
  • gyms, saunas and spas, although some personal services may be permitted
  • cinemas and venues where performing arts are presented, including concert halls and theatres
  • youth hostels

Grocery stores, SAQ liquor stores, shopping centres, stores and boutiques, hotels, hairdressers and barbers can remain open for the time being.

Restrictions on public gatherings

All indoor and outdoor gatherings in public places are prohibited, including business meetings, cruise excursions, festivals and other events. The only exceptions are funerals and places of worship, where a maximum of 25 people may attend services. In tourist accommodations, only the residents of the same private household can occupy the same unit.

Travel between regions

On October 8, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that checkpoints will be set up in certain areas of the province at the request of regional health authorities. The objective is to remind people that inter-regional travel for non-essential regions is not recommended at this time.

The government is asking all Quebecers to refrain from inter-regional travel until October 28, and those living in red alert zones are not permitted to travel to areas on a lower alert level – so forget that road trip to go out for dinner in a neighbouring region. While the government has not mandated the police to fine people for non-essential travel between regions, the premier has said that they have not ruled it out.

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In short, stay close to home, minimize contacts, keep your distances, wear you mask and support local businesses safely by respecting all the measures in place. The sooner we get our numbers down, the sooner we can get out to see each other again. Stay safe!

For more detailed information, visit the Government of Québec’s website.

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