Things are looking up for Montreal. The city will gradually start reopening some sports facilities. As of Thursday, skateparks, pétanque areas, and outdoor athletic tracks are open for individual use. Dog parks will open on Friday, May 22, followed by municipal golf courses on May 23. Parc Jean-Drapeau's Île Notre-Dame is reopening on Saturday.\n"Beginning on May 23, people will be able to access Île Notre-Dame, except for the parking lot which will remain closed. On that same date, access to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and Parc Jean-Drapeau will also be permitted," city officials wrote in a statement.\nThe parking lots at La Fontaine, Maisonneuve, Jarry, Fréderic-Back, and Île-de-la-Visitation parks will remain closed.\nChildren's playgrounds, indoor sports facilities, and team sports are still closed until further notice.\nTennis courts across the island will gradually reopen through the end of May. Only singles games are allowed, with doubles and training sessions prohibited.\n"In moving forward with the reopening of many municipal facilities, Montréal wants to encourage the population to take part in sporting activities and lead an active lifestyle, while ensuring it is protected," the city said.\nIn all cases, the city reiterated that strict social distancing measures must be enforced.\nWith businesses and activities reopening across the province, the government hopes that the public remains prudent.\nPremier François Legault has said that health officials wouldn't hesitate to "put the brakes on the reopening" if the situation gets out of hand.\nEncouraging Quebecers to wear masks and respect safety measures, Legault said on Wednesday that "it's no time to let our guard down. The virus is still there."\n#COVID19: I urge all those who visit Montréal businesses, take public transit or travel to places where it is difficult to maintain proper distancing, to wear a face covering. By doing so, we will make this recovery a success. #polmtl— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) May 21, 2020\nWith Montreal still considered a hot spot for COVID-19 in Quebec, health officials have repeatedly highlighted that a successful transition to a so-called "more normal" life only happens if the public respects the rules.\n"I'm inviting all Montrealers again though it's beautiful outside and it's really tempting to all rush in the parks, please, it's important to keep your distance," said Mayor Valérie Plante at Thursday's press conference.\nTo help manage the influx of people enjoying the outdoors, the city is working hard to realize the Active Pathways Circuit in time for the summer months.\n#COVID19: 112 km of safe active routes will be created. These temporary pedestrian and cycling routes are in addition to the planned infrastructures and the 900 km of existing lanes. This summer, 1,200 km will be available for safe active travel. #polmtl https://t.co/wA75DqRDbN pic.twitter.com/ABlNM1JIjs— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) May 15, 2020\nNumerous streets in the Plateau Mont-Royal and Downtown Montreal will be converted to pedestrian-only thoroughfares.\nIn addition, hundreds of kilometres of new bike paths will connect the city like never before.\nCOVID-19: mise au point de la Ville de Montréal - 21 mai 2020#COVID19 | CONFÉRENCE DE PRESSE DU 21 MAI 2020 - Suivez-nous en direct dès maintenant (15h) alors que je fais le point sur la situation montréalaise et sur de nouvelles mesure de la Ville de Montréal en soutien aux commerçant.es, en compagnie de la DRSP, Dre Mylène Drouin (Santé Montréal) 👇Posted by Valérie Plante on Thursday, May 21, 2020\nStay tuned for more news.