The gradual reopening of Quebec continues on Monday, May 11. Most notably, preschools, elementary schools, and daycares outside of the Montreal area (CMM) are set to welcome students back for the first time since they closed in March. Mining and manufacturing enterprises will also resume with some restrictions.

Retail establishments outside the CMM with their own entrances from the exterior reopened to the public on May 4.

While the government had originally projected that retail in Montreal would open on May 11, Premier Legault twice postponed that date, first to May 18 and then to May 25.

The opening of Montreal elementary schools and daycares was also pushed from May 19 to May 25.

Still, the premier has made clear that the new date will only hold if the situation improves in the metropolis and its suburbs.

Though the metro area has around 1,000 available hospital beds, he explained on May 7 that "the problem we have is that we don't have the staff with those beds."

"So, if tomorrow morning there were an increase in the spread of the virus in the greater Montreal area, we would not have all the staff [...] to deal with this increase."

Here's exactly what's happening in Quebec on May 11, according to the provincial government's website.

Police are withdrawing travel checkpoints from:

  • the "Outaouais health region, except for trips from Ottawa to Gatineau;

  • "the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean and Abitibi-Témiscamingue health regions;" and

  • "the La Tuque population centre for the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec health region."

Elementary schools and daycares are opening outside of the 82 municipalities of the Montreal metropolitan community (CMM), though attendance is not mandatory.

Teachers, students, and parents will have to follow strict rules to safeguard everyone's health.

The mining and manufacturing sectors will also resume activities with "a maximum of 50 employees, to which may be added, if the usual number of employees on a site is greater than 50, a maximum number of employees equal to 50% of that excess number."

Residential, commercial, and industrial construction, along with civil engineering and road works, will resume as well.

Several road projects in the Montreal area will begin immediately.

Real estate activities, including those of "brokers, land surveyors, inspectors, and building appraisers and chartered appraisers," are the final sector that will reopen on May 11.

In all cases, the government states that "it is essential to continue to follow health recommendations," including hand-washing, sneeze and cough etiquette, and the two-metre distance rule.

When it is not possible to maintain two-metres between individuals, both the provincial and local governments "strongly recommend" the use of masks or other face coverings.

As economic activities resume, the STM is also preparing for an increase in ridership.

On May 8, it released its plan for deconfinement, which includes the continuation of a rigorous cleaning schedule and more protection for its employees.

The public transit company will also distribute face masks to its customers.

Stay tuned for more news.

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