On the morning of April 5, the City of Montreal announced that it was closing île Notre Dame, the Atwater pedestrian bridge, and the parking lots for Mount Royal Park.\nGet more information below.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nDue to the need to implement heavier measures to have citizens follow the Government of Quebec's decision to ban all gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, the City of Montreal has closed île Notre Dame, the Atwater footbridge, and the parking lots for Mount Royal. This was put into effect as of 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, April 5. There is now a stronger police presence in all Montreal parks as well.\nThe reasoning behind the closure of île Notre-Dame and parking for Mount Royal, the City announced in a news release, is that the beautiful weather on Saturday, April 4 left many people strolling through Mount Royal park — even individuals who live outside of the city.\nThe Government of Quebec has continuously asked that individuals do not travel in different regions of Quebec unless it is for essential travel.\nOn April 3, Mayor Valérie Plante asked that all Montrealers remain in their own neighbourhoods, as the city's state of emergency was extended.\nAnd now, the request from the City of Montreal is that we stay as close to our homes as possible.\nIn this news release, the City wrote "Note that we strongly advise you to avoid non-essential travel. Therefore, we encourage people to frequent the parks near their homes."\nAn official announcement on the City of Montreal's Twitter account was put out at 8:30 a.m. on April 5.\n#COVID19 - Nous annonçons la fermeture des stationnements du parc du Mont-Royal et la fermeture de l’île Notre-Dame. Ces mesures supplémentaires s'inscrivent dans la décision du gouvernement du Québec d'interdire tout rassemblement intérieur et extérieur. https://t.co/xPMRwVR6tT pic.twitter.com/dy1i2PmNOj— Ville de Montréal (@MTL_Ville) April 5, 2020\nThe tweet confirms that these new measures are in line with the Government of Quebec's banning of all gatherings.\nAnd, it seems Mount Royal Park wasn't the only public spot that had people disregarding the social distancing measures put in place by the government.\n"In addition, the SPVM had to intervene at the Lachine canal on Saturday. For this reason, the Atwater crossing is closed for an indefinite period," the City of Montreal wrote.\nTherefore, to add to the list, the Atwater crossing is also closed for the time being.\nAnd now, the SPVM and the Sûreté du Québec officers have permission to give immediate tickets between $1000 to $6000 to anyone who fails to follow social distancing guidelines.\nNos policiers peuvent signifier des constats d’infraction pour l’application de la Loi sur la santé publique. Ils pourront être remis sur-le-champ lors de rassemblements intérieurs ou extérieurs interdits et les amendes varient entre 1000$ et 6000$. #COVID19— Sûreté du Québec (@sureteduquebec) April 5, 2020\nAnd, there is now a much larger police presence in all Montreal parks.\nSo, to confirm, Mount Royal Park remains open, but its parking lots are closed. This is in hopes of only having people who live close to this park frequent it.\nAnd, île Notre-Dame is completely closed due to the high number of people frequenting it on Saturday, April 4, which left many unable to follow social distancing guidelines.\nThe City ended its news release with an important message. "Montréal reminds you that preventing the spread of the disease is everyone's responsibility."\nNow is the time for Montrealers to work together — by staying apart. The sooner we follow the rules, the sooner our lives can get back to normal.