With the lovely weather our city was blessed with this weekend, some Montrealers couldn't help but go enjoy the heat by spending their days in various parks around the city. In a normal circumstance, such an occurrence would be fine — but as we know, we're living in unprecedented times. So, during her press conference on May 4, Mayor Valérie Plante spoke to the public about this matter.\n"Montrealers were excited about enjoying the good weather," Plante said.\nWhen discussing the high volume of people in Montreal's major parks over the past weekend, the Mayor promised that she gets the need for such greenery in people's lives.\n"It's good for our hearts, it's good for our souls," she said.\n"I want us to keep an open mind that for many people in this city who don't have a backyard, who don't have a balcony ... parks are very important for their health," Plante said.\nSuch is a situation that many Montrealers can relate to.\nBut, she reminded everyone that "we still can't gather — in your yard, in the park, in the grocery store."\nA live feed of the press conference in which the Mayor discusses these matters is available below.\nPoint de presse de la santé publique de Montréal* Nous avons malheureusement eu des difficultés techniques. 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Merci d’avoir été des nôtres aujourd’hui.\n_______________\n\nCOVID-19 4 mai 2020 | Dre Mylène Drouin, directrice régionale de santé publique de Montréal fait le point sur la situation à Montréal en compagnie de Valérie Plante, mairesse de la Ville de Montréal, et de Philippe Schnobb, président du CA de la STM - Mouvement collectif.\n\nL’allocution est d’abord en français, puis en anglais et un interprète assure la traduction dans la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) et la langue des signes américaine (ASL).\n\n***\n\n#COVID-19 May 4th 2020 | Live update about Montreal from Dr. Mylène Drouin, regional director of public health, Valérie Plante, mayor of Ville de Montréal, and Philippe Schnobb, president of the STM.\n\nThe information is delivered in French first, then in English and interpreted in Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) and American Sign Language (ASL).Posted by Santé Montréal on Monday, May 4, 2020\nPlante promised that the City of Montreal is doing everything in its power to keep all parks open, but in order to do so, the spaces must be "frequented in a responsible way by all Montrealers."\nShe reminded the public that, just because Montreal will slowly be reopening parts of its economic sectors, it doesn't mean social distancing rules won't continue to apply.\nValérie Plante said she completely agrees with the provincial government's decision to push back the reopening of certain businesses in the Greater Montreal area until May 18, which Premier François Legault announced during his public briefing on May 4.\nfrancoislegault.pm | Instagram\nThe Mayor did confirm that in respect to the high volume of people in Montreal parks this past weekend, "the distance of the two metres was [still] generally respected."\nCourtesy of Alanna Moore from MTL Blog\nBut, Plante confirmed that the rule of "no gatherings whatsoever" continues to be in place, and that police forces will continue to patrol the city to make sure this rule is being respected.\n"The rule of not gathering is a real rule," she reminded everyone.\nSo, you must continue to stay two metres away from anyone who you don't live with.\nFor this reason, new initiatives like the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough's "family-friendly and active streets" are starting to come about.\nPour ce beau week-end ensoleillé, @LePMR a créé trois rues familiales et actives en bordure des parcs Baldwin, De Lorimier et Laurier: marche, vélo, jeux libres. Seule la circulation automobile locale est permise. #polmgl #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/2eFb21jBzO— Luc Rabouin (@LucRabouin) May 2, 2020\n"The goal is to give more space for pedestrians," Plante said.\nThe City expects more spaces like these to be created within the upcoming weeks.\nThe high demand for parks on Saturday, May 2 led the City of Montreal to close access to the parking lots of five major parks.\n#COVID19 : Nous fermons les stationnements de certains grands parcs pour favoriser le maintien de la distanciation physique.https://t.co/32GKaBQASx pic.twitter.com/pmRFMHKUb1— Ville de Montréal (@MTL_Ville) May 2, 2020\nThe parking lots for the following parks are being closed for the time being: Maisonneuve, Jarry, La Fontaine, Fréderic-Back, and Île-de-la-Visitation nature park.\nPlante also stressed the importance of wearing a protective face mask whenever one is in a situation where proper social distancing cannot be respected.\nThe good weather is upon us, but our fight against #COVID19 continues. Let’s continue to follow public health guidelines. Let's wash our hands and get used to wearing a face covering when the distance of 2m cannot be respected. #cavabienaller pic.twitter.com/JwlXzcnjMf— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) May 2, 2020\nPlante has requested that Montrealers start to incorporate wearing a face covering into their daily habits.\n"The most important thing for me is the health of the population," the Mayor promised all Montrealers.