Only a few days after a large number of Montrealers called out mayoral candidate Denis Coderre's proposal to ban park drinking at night, he himself flip-flopped on the issue.
Coderre, whose suggestion to impose an 8 p.m. drinking ban in parks has been intensely scrutinized and even mocked by fellow mayoral candidates, had said that this move would "help citizens regain a sense of calm."
In a statement posted to Twitter on June 2, Coderre deplored the "violence on the territory of Montreal, particularly in the parks and in the streets" and criticized Plante's administration as "laissez-faire."
"Police need tools," he wrote. "Temporary measures should be advocated until Montreal gets back to normal."
On Wednesday, MTL Blog asked Coderre's team whether he thought the drinking curfew proposal would deter young Montrealers from voting for him in the next election but did not receive a response.
Montreal mayoral candidate Balarama Holness called out Coderre's drinking curfew plan as a "discriminatory policy that would disproportionately affect young people, marginalized folks, and low-income or unhoused populations in Montreal."
In a statement, Holness said that "the rationale behind Coderre’s proposed ban — to 'make sure everybody feels safe' — elides histories of racial and social profiling in the city that were made abundantly clear in the OCPM’s report on systemic racism and discrimination in Montreal."
The statement cited "violence on the territory of Montreal, especially in the parks and on the streets" as justification for the move.
As the city's red zone curfew lifted this past weekend, large groups of young Montrealers flocked to the Old Port and downtown — some were seen crowd surfing, jumping off city art fixtures and partying.
However, Coderre's team said his proposed curfew could be temporary.
"The police need tools, even temporary ones, such as a ban on alcohol consumption at 8 p.m., [...] temporary measures should be advocated until Montreal gets back to normal," the statement said.
Plante says Coderre's comments would penalize families and young Montrealers
According to TVA Nouvelles, Mayor Valérie Plante said Coderre's proposal is "very disconnected from reality."
"A proposal [like this] would mostly penalize families and youth," Plante said.
She said implementing a curfew on alcohol and forcing Montrealers to drink in a home is less safe than being able to drink in a park outdoors.
"Sixty percent of Montrealers have no yards and [we'll] say, 'No, the parks aren't for you, go [drink] in a basement,' [...] when we know it's much more secure to be outside," she said.
MTL Blog asked Coderre's team whether he thinks his curfew proposal would deter young Montrealers from voting for him in the next election but did not receive a response.
In red and orange zones, twoadults from different addresses can sit at a table together with their minor-age children.
There are no limits for people who live at the same address.
Are cinemas reopening?
Cinemas and other theatres and cultural centres have been open since February 26 in Quebec red zones like Montreal.
As of May 21, outdoor performing arts presentations with pre-assigned seating, including drive-in cinemas, were permitted to reopen with caps on the number of audience members and cars.
As of May 28, big auditoriums, amphitheatres, indoor stadiums and outdoor stadiums with pre-assigned seats will be authorized to operate with an audience of 2,500 people.
As of June 25, outdoor performances and festivals without assigned seating will be allowed for a maximum of 2,500 people on site.
When can we dine in restaurants?
The government hopes that by May 31, the majority of Quebec regions will be designated orange zones.
This would mean that two adults from different households (with minor-age children) or members of the same household could dine together in restaurants.
Are gyms reopening?
It's unclear whether Montreal will be part of the majority of Quebec regions designated orange zones by the end of May.
However, if Montreal is included in those regions, gyms in the city will be permitted to reopen with mandatory masks in training rooms, occupancy limits and social distancing.
When are schools reopening?
Elementary schools and high schools are open across Quebec.
In red zones, there is currently alternating attendance for students in secondary three, four and five. The government's goal is that all high school students can return to in-person education by May 31.
For CEGEPs and universities in orange zones, the government is planning to permit some face-to-face groups of six students by May 31.
By the end of August (or earlier in yellow and green zones), if Quebec reaches its goal of vaccinating 75% of the population over 12 with two doses, CEGEPs and universities will reopen in person.
What about wedding venues?
The government hasn't yet clarified if it will create new rules around weddings. However, in orange zones, weddings and funerals have an occupancy limit of 25 people.
In yellow and green zones, weddings and funerals are limited to 50 people — so it's safe to say there won't be any large weddings taking place in Montreal this summer.
Will we have to wear masks after receiving a vaccine dose?
Starting June 25, the government will ease mask-wearing and social distancing requirements for private gatherings with people who are fully vaccinated, meaning two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, masks are going to continue to be required in public spaces.
Earlier this week, Premier Legault said that if 75% of the population over 12 years old is vaccinated with two doses by end of August, it will no longer be mandatory to wear masks.
When will the Canada/United States border open?
It's unclear when the borders Canada shares with its neighbouring country will reopen, after months of being closed.
On May 20, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would extend border closures with the U.S. for non-essential travellers until at least June 21.
Can I hang out at someone's house?
As of May 28, outdoor gatherings will be allowed on private property. So you can hang out in someone's yard.
In red zones, a maximum of eightpeople from separate addresses, or the occupants of tworesidences, will be able to gather outside. In orange zones, as of May 31, the max will be twelve people.
In red zones and orange zones, you're still expected to wear a mask and keep your distance.
Private indoor gatherings are not permitted for red zones or orange zones at this time.