UPDATE, December 16 2020: After announcing Christmas could happen, and then cancelling it two weeks later, the Quebec government has announced that there will be new lockdown measures beginning on December 17 and December 25, 2020 (plus some permissions, surprisingly). Due to those announcements, we've adjusted our guide to what is open and closed in Montreal, plus the rules on what you can and can't do in Montreal, 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, regions' caseloads haven't improved and have also been placed under red alert following the provincial government's announcements on December 15, where anything yellow turned to orange and orange turned to red.
Since May, restrictions have been lifted and reinstated in different sectors of Quebec as the provincial government's deconfinement process slowly rolls out, starts back up again, and shuts down 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.