As the number Covid-19 virus cases across the world increases, Quebec’s CAQ government announced measures to help prevent it from spreading across the province as much as possible. The City of Montreal is also taking measures to keep the population safe. Here is a list of what is open and closed in Montreal Today plus events that are cancelled or postponed in the Greater Montreal area to date:
What is open and closed in Montreal Today
– Grocery stores
– Restaurants will remain open, but only at 50% of their capacity.
– Borough offices and permit service points remain open in most boroughs. While public community and sports centers are mostly closed, some of Montreal’s municipalities are leaving their town halls open, though they ask residents not to come by unless absolutely necessary. Those include:
Pointe-Claire – City Hall and Public Security buildings
Beaconsfield – City hall and public works headquarters
Kirkland – City hall and public works headquarters
Hampstead – City hall and public works headquarters
Montreal West – Town hall and Community Centre
Town of Mount-Royal – Town hall and other municipal buildings
– SHOPPING MALLS, but with some having announced
reduced hours. Please check their websites for updated store opening and
closing hours. Here are some examples:
FAIRVIEW POINTE CLAIRE – Operating hours will be from 11:00am to 7:00pm daily (unless the regularly scheduled closing hour is earlier). *Note: Cadillac Fairview has increased cleaning in all the common areas of all their properties: Washrooms, Stairwells, Elevators and Lobbies as well as Employee common areas.
PLACE VERTU – The center will remain open
according to their regular usual hours for now. *They have taken measures such
as increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of surfaces in common
areas – such as counters, taps and door handles. Hand sanitizers have also been
placed at strategic locations in the center.
EATON CENTRE – Monday to Friday 11:00am to 7:00pm. Saturday to Sunday: 11:00pm to 5:00pm (unless the regularly scheduled closing hour is earlier).
PLACE ALEXIS NIHON – Stores have been given the option of adjusting their opening hours: Monday and Tuesday 11:00am to 6:00pm, Wednesday to Friday 11:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm. Opening hours may be different for grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and other stores. They invite you to contact retailers directly to confirm their opening hours or call customer service at (514) 931-7337.
SCHOOLS – Concordia University’s campuses are both closed (except their residences), McGill University has suspended all classes, labs, exams and both on and off campus events for two weeks, Universite de Montreal has suspended teaching activities and their libraries indefinitely, but their health and psychological consultation center will reopen on Tuesday March 17th. UQAM has closed its campus until March 27th, all CEGEPs are closed until at least March 30th.
– All ski hills, sugar shacks, libraries, gyms, swimming pools and bars are to remain closed.
The Quebec government has also ordered the
closure of all recreational gathering places, including bars, gyms and
libraries. The have also asked organizers cancel all indoor events with more
than 250 people, as well as ‘non-essential’ gatherings.
– The Montreal Symphony Orchestra is cancelling 11 concerts that were to be held through April 5th. The orchestra said it would re-evaluate the situation ‘in due course’.
– All events scheduled for Place des Arts have been cancelled until further notice. Refunds are available for all ticketholders, and they will be contacted when shows are rescheduled.
– Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Parade has been postponed. No new date has been announced.
– Montreal’s Irishman of the Year has been postponed until a later date.
– Montreal’s Greek Independence Day Parade has been cancelled.
– Montreal’s Chamber of Commerce has cancelled all events as of March 16th.
– All Montreal Canadiens home games have been postponed (as part of the NHL’s decision last Thursday to postpone its season).
– The World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal has been cancelled.
– Cirque du Soleil has temporarily suspended some of its touring shows, including the ‘Under the Same Sky’ in Montreal.
– All events with more than 250 people that were planned at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal have been cancelled until further notice.
– The Scooby-Doo! and the Lost CIty of Gold show scheduled for Sunday, March 23rd, at Place Bell in Laval has been postponed. Promoters are asking customers to hold on to their tickets until a new date is announced.
MONTREAL CITY HALL
Mayor Valerie Plante announced last Thursday that the city would close all public sports and leisure centers in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
– Libraries, pools, arenas, community centers and other city installations where people gather in large numbers are closed, including the Planetarium and the Claude-Robillard complex.
– The Metro and Bus system will remain open – as they are vital to the function of the city.
– Public servants working for the city who have returned from travel outside of Canada have been asked to self-quarantine, regardless of their destination.
We will keep you updated as more announcements on what is open and closed in Montreal Today.