- 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.
- Get more information below.
Due 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.
The 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.
The Government of Quebec has continuously asked that individuals do not travel inunless it is for essential travel.
On April 3, Mayor Valérie Plante asked that all Montrealers remain in
An official announcement on the City of Montreal's Twitter account was put out at 8:30 a.m. on April 5.
#COVID19 - Nous annonçons la fermeture des stationnements du parc du Mont-Royal et la fermeture de l’île Notre-Dame… https://t.co/2fhipvEUiF— Ville de Montréal (@Ville de Montréal) 1586089808.0
The tweet confirms that these new measures are in line with the Government of Quebec's banning of all gatherings.
And, 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.
"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.
Therefore, to add to the list, the Atwater crossing is also closed for the time being.
And 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.
Nos policiers peuvent signifier des constats d’infraction pour l’application de la Loi sur la santé publique. Ils p… https://t.co/OXd9j1zRqp— Sûreté du Québec (@Sûreté du Québec) 1586090515.0
And, there is now a much larger police presence in all Montreal parks.
So, 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.
And, 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.
The City ended its news release with an important message. "Montréal reminds you that preventing the spread of the disease is everyone's responsibility."
Now 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.