UPDATE, October 27 2020: Two days before red zone restrictions in regions like Montreal were set to change, Premier François Legault announced on behalf of the Quebec government that these restrictions would continue for another four (4) weeks. However, what is open and closed in Montreal, plus the rules on what you can and can't do in Montreal, have changed slightly, so we've updated our guide accordingly.
Following the Quebec government's unveiling of a new COVID-19 alert system where regions of the province could be placed in one of four stages of lockdown, the island of Montreal was first placed on orange alert on September 20 following a spike in cases and the police issuing 1,500 verbal warnings and more than 90 tickets in a huge provinical sweep of restaurants and bars in the province. On September 28th, those three regions along with others were placed under red alert.
Since then, the following regions have also been placed under red alert: The Capitale-Nationale region; Mauricie; Centre-du-Québec; Gatineau and Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais in the Outaouais region; Carleton-sur-Mer, Maria and Nouvelle in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region; Appalaches, Beauce-Sartigan, Bellechasse, Lotbinière, La Nouvelle-Beauce, Robert-Cliche and the city of Lévis in the Chaudière-Appalaches region; Laval; Joliette, D'Autray, L’Assomption, and Les Moulins in the Lanaudière region; parts of Deux-Montagnes in the Montréal region, La Rivière-du-Nord, Thérèse-De Blainville, and Mirabel in the Laurentides region; and the Montérégie region. Find the full list here.
Since May, restrictions have been lifted and reinstated in different sectors of Quebec as the provincial government's deconfinement process slowly rolls out (or starts back up again). Make no mistake, however: We still have a long way to go before things return to normal. But what about Montreal? What's open and closed in Montreal right now?
The short answer is: Some of it.
The long answer: It depends on what you're asking about.
Figuring out where Montreal is on the road to deconfinement can be difficult as stories fly through our feeds at lightspeed and the general day-to-day feels like somewhere between a waiting game and a minefield. Consider this as a place to find all the information you need to know until this beautiful city gets back on its feet completely as we track any and all announcements concerning deconfinement in the Greater Montreal area.