Montreal Wants To Open Terrasses At The Beginning Of June

But the city still needs approval from public health.
Staff Writer
Montreal Wants To Open Terrasses In June

In a Thursday morning tweet, Mayor Valérie Plante shared that the city "hopes" to see Montreal terrasses open on June 1.

She cautioned, however, that the target date still needs approval from public health officials. The mayor said conversations are ongoing.

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She also said terrasses would have a reduced capacity.

This would be welcome news for bar and restaurant owners in Montreal who have said they've been stretched to their breaking point due to the government's health restrictions. 

"Our industry simply cannot take it anymore," said the representatives of the Corporation des Propriétaires de Bars, Brasseries et Tavernes du Québec and the Union des Tenanciers de Bars du Québec in a statement on April 29. 

The New Association of Bars of Quebec (NABQ) also accused the province of disrespecting bar owners after La Ronde announced it has received approval from health authorities to reopen in May.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Premier François Legault insisted that "if we want to get [closer to a normal life], we must lift the restrictions gradually and at least 75% of Quebecers over 18 years old need to be vaccinated."

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