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Locked down, but not locked up: What Montreal is allowed to do during the upcoming lockdown

A lot is going to change as of December 17 and December 25, but the government is also allowing certain activities to happen.

JP Karwacki
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You can't go to work in an office or send your kids to school as of December 17 and you won't be able to shop for non-essential items anymore as of December 25. Both of those restrictions will last until December 25, but Premier François Legault took time to announce certain permissions during his press conference about new lockdown restrictions on the evening of December 15.

What are you allowed to do in Montreal during the December 17, 2020 to January 11, 2021 lockdown?

"We’re also announcing more permissive rules for outdoor gatherings from December 17," Premier François Legault said.

Outdoor activities such as hockey and ski lessons will be permitted to occur, but with a maximum of eight people (that includes supervisors like coaches and trainers).

Outdoor spaces will remain open as well—Legault specifically mentioned the Montreal Botanical Garden as an example—so that people are given the choice to get out and move.

The keyword here is moving: Gatherings in backyards won't be permitted, but if you're on the move—snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and so forth—then you can do it. "We’re talking about activities for playing and moving outside," Legault said.

Finally, individuals who are living alone will be permitted to visit on family bubble during the period of December 17, 2020 to January 11, 2021. Legault gave the example of a student studying somewhere away from home or a grandparent as an example. If an individual will do so, they must stick to one family bubble, and one alone.

When asked when the Quebec government would reassess the situation, the panel responded that January 5 was the most likely date for reassessment.

The latest from Time Out Montréal

- Here are all the new lockdown restrictions happening in Quebec on December 17

- Montreal's sushi and sake bar Le Blossom is celebrating its birthday with free sake bomb kits

- Old Montreal's Jiao Dim Sum Bar is giving away free boxes of General Tao chicken

- Restaurants across Quebec can now deliver alcohol—but what about bars?

- Here's how Montrealers are reacting to replacing Bonjour-Hi with Bonjour-Ho

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