Everything you need to know about COVID-19 this summer in Montreal – CityNews Montreal

MONTREAL (CITYNEWS) Quebec began gradually reducing its COVID-19 restrictions in Montreal last week and will continue to do so as summer approaches. Heres an alphabetical guide to summer life in the post-lockdown Montreal.

Bars and restaurantsThe provincial government has yet to announce when bars and restaurants can open their doors for sit-in customers.

Beauty servicesThe provincial government has yet to announce when hair salons, nail salons and tattoo parlours can reopen in Montreal. These services will reopen June 1 elsewhere in the province.

BorderThe Canada-U.S. border will remain closed until at least June 21.

CampgroundsCampgrounds and marinas outside the Montreal area are reopening June 1. Overnight stays will be permitted in provincial parks.

CourthousesQuebecs courthouses will gradually reopen beginning June 1 following weeks of pandemic-induced shutdowns. Courtrooms will have reduced seating capacity in order to conform to physical distancing requirements. Plexiglas has been installed inside the rooms to protect clerks and judges.

Day campsDay camps across the province will be allowed to open as of June 22, with physical distancing and other COVID-19 health measures in effect. That means smaller groups of children and frequent handwashing. As for sleep-away summer camps, the province says they wont be allowed to reopen until next year.

GatheringsThe province has permitted outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 10 people from three families with social distancing in place.

Gyms and spasThe provincial government has yet to announce when gyms and spas can reopen.

Health care services (private)Private health care services such as physiotherapy, optometry, acupuncture, dental care, occupational therapy, family counselling and more are available beginning June 1.

MasksWearing a non-medical mask in public places is not mandatory.

Moving DayMoving is permitted, including on July 1, but Montrealers are asked to remain cautious. Government officials tips for a safe move include limiting the number of people helping you, disinfecting all surfaces and washing your hands as much as possible.

MuseumsMuseums are allowed to reopen on May 29 throughout the province, though some Montreal museums like the Museum of Fine Arts and the McCord will remain closed until later this summer.

Retail storesRetail stores in Montreal with a door directly to the outside have already welcomed back customers. Stores are restricting the number of people allowed in their shops and asking everyone to sanitize their hands as they enter. Shoppers must keep a two-metre distance and can no longer use changing rooms to try on clothes.


Sports (amateur) & recreationRecreational sports, leisure and outdoor activities can be done individually or in pairs if physical distancing rules can still be managed.

Non-organized leisure activities permitted: canoeing and kayaking, jogging, rock climbing, kite surfing, day fishing, paddle boarding, scuba diving and snorkeling, horseback riding, hiking and surfing.

Other non-contact sports permitted: track and field, rowing, speed canoeing and kayaking, outdoor cycling, golfing, sea kayaking, open water swimming, rollerblading, roller skiing, outdoor tennis, triathlon and sailing.

Sports (professional)

With files from The Canadian Press.

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