Montreal's Becoming An Orange Zone — What You Need To Know

On Tuesday, Premier François Legault announced Montreal and Laval will be going into the orange zone as of June 7.

There are a few things that you need to know, because this doesn't mean it's a free-for-all. There are still rules

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What can I go out and do?

Being in an orange zone means more freedom to go out and do things.

Most Montrealers will be happy to know that they can go back to their regularly scheduled daily restaurant visits to post on Instagram. Restaurant terrasses are already open but on June 7, restaurants can finally open their dining rooms. 

The government noted that "with the exception of fast-food restaurants, reservations are mandatory." 

Restaurants will be able to seat "a maximum of 2 people from a different address," according to the government. Though those two people "may be accompanied by their children under the age of 18."

"Occupants of the same private residence may sit together at the same table," however.

And if you're absolutely dying to post Instagram stories of you drinking a complicated cocktail at a bar, bar terrasses will be open as of June 11. The same rules for seating will apply.

Are gyms going to be open?

Arguably the most common question of the past year has been "what about the gyms?" and we finally have good news for you all. 

Gyms are reopening in Montreal and Laval once we're in the orange zone.

You have to wear a face-covering and maintain a two-metre distance from everyone at all times. Gyms will also have to keep a sign-in sheet.

You won't be able to use the locker rooms (except at pools) but otherwise, lift away, my bros. 

Can I see my friends?

At this point, we all know that we can see our friends outside at a park or on a restaurant terrasse, but what about your own house? 

You technically can, but you'll all need to be outside on your balcony or in your backyard. 

According to the government, you can have "a maximum of 8 people from different households or all occupants from two households."

You can also join a household bubble indoors but only if you live alone.