The city has just announced that all Montreal festivals, sports events, and public gatherings are cancelled until July 2, 2020. In the face of the ongoing health crisis, Montreal public health officials thought it was best and most prudent to cancel all events. Over the next few days, Mayor Valérie Plante and her team will consult with the various partners and organizers of the city's major May-June events and offer assistance.
Also on Tuesday, the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix set to happen on June 14 was postponed indefinitely.
The Just for Laughs Festival also postponed its events to the end of September.
As the health crisis will persist for at least the next month and maybe more, Montrealers should prepare for a summer like no other.
"It is not an easy decision because Montreal lives to the rhythm of its summer events," said Mayor Plante on Twitter.
In a press release, the city said that it "analyzes the situation as it evolves." Public health officials recommend that the public continues to follow social distancing rules.
On Tuesday afternoon, provincial officials are expected to release their projections for the outbreak, including when residents could expect it to peak.
La Ville annule ses événements culturels et sportifs sur son territoire jusqu’au 2 juillet, afin de limiter les occ… https://t.co/VW5osRB9iz— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1586284590.0
For the first time, Quebecers will see scenarios projecting the length and intensity of the crisis.
For Montrealers, this will be the first glimpse at an eventual return to normal life and, hopefully, the resumption of the city's busy summer schedule.
In the meantime, all gatherings, indoor and outdoor, are banned and punishable with fines of between $1,000 and $6,000.
Restrictions could get even more severe if some residents continue to disregard social distancing guidelines, Mayor Plante has said.
#COVID19: As of today, the parc du Mont-Royal parking areas, Île Notre-Dame and the Lachine Canal crossing are clos… https://t.co/wSVtcWFUuf— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1586099860.0
After reports circulated on social media of weekend gatherings at some of the city's major parks, she threatened to close them and ordered an increase in police presence to enforce a two-metre distance between individuals from different households.
Même par une belle journée, la distanciation physique reste importante. Le #SPVM est très présent dans les parcs mu… https://t.co/0oYtLfPh25— Police Montréal (@Police Montréal) 1586022348.0
Stay tuned for more news.