The City of Montreal has recently made an exciting announcement: seasonal markets are allowed to continue their activity in multiple boroughs this summer. This means that Montreal's Atwater, Jean-Talon, and Maisonneuve markets are going to be going about their businesses as usual. So, you'll still be able to get your hands on your favourite local spices, cheeses, bread, jams, and more.\nBut, things won't be the exact same as they have been during past summers.\nThese three markets have reduced hours and new safety measures are being implemented.\nSpecific health measures that are being enforced include mandatory hand-washing for anyone who enters the markets, the need to keep a two-metre distance away from others, only takeout will be available at restaurants and sitting areas will be closed, and common areas will be washed more frequently.\nHand-washing stations will also be put in the middle of these three markets for customers to use in the midst of their shopping.\nBut hey, this is good news regardless of it being different than what we're used to!\nAs we learn to adapt to a new normal, similar measures are likely to be taking place in businesses across the city.\nSo, this summer, Montrealers will still be able to have access to some of the freshest produce in the province.\nView this post on Instagram On est à la maison et on cuisine des ingrédients frais et locaux ce week-end ! Manger santé, c’est ce qui nous permettra tous de garder le moral. ❤️ Merci à @jasmin_atwater pour son magnifique étalage coloré. #JeMangeLocal A post shared by Marché Atwater (@marcheatwater) on Apr 17, 2020 at 6:01am PDT\nThis is especially awesome considering so many of us are starting to pick up cooking skills at the moment.\n"These markets are considered essential services in the same way as grocery stores and other food businesses," the City's press release told us.\nAnd, if you've been hoping to start turning your apartment into a little greenhouse, you still can!\nView this post on Instagram Flower time 🌷✌🏻💐 A post shared by @ jef.lecuyer on May 22, 2017 at 8:15am PDT\nWhile life may be different than we're used to right now, just know that summer in Montreal has not been completely cancelled.\nWe'll have our favourite markets to visit to help keep us sane!\nIn a statement, Mayor Valérie Plante said that with keeping markets open, "we support our producers, merchants and artisans and ensure a diversified diet, particularly in food deserts where Montrealers eagerly await the return of seasonal markets to stock up on fresh produce."\nView this post on Instagram Les arrivages de produits locaux abondent au marché, profitez de vos visites au marché pour les découvrir et échanger avec des commerçants passionnés 💚 On a tous des saveurs à raconter, venez nous rencontrer ! 🌽🍅 A post shared by Marché Atwater (@marcheatwater) on Aug 8, 2019 at 12:23pm PDT\nAtwater, Jean-Talon & Maisonneuve Markets\nReduced hours:\nMonday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Friday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 p.m.Sunday: Closed\nStay safe, Montreal!