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.
"Montrealers were excited about enjoying the good weather," Plante said.
When 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.
"It's good for our hearts, it's good for our souls," she said.
"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.
Such is a situation that many Montrealers can relate to.
But, she reminded everyone that "we still can't gather — in your yard, in the park, in the grocery store."
A live feed of the press conference in which the Mayor discusses these matters is available below.
Plante 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."
She 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.
Valérie 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.