The City of Montreal held a press conference on April 8 to update all Montrealers about the current novel coronavirus situation in the city. Mayor Plante reiterated that festivals and other major events in the city are cancelled until July 2. As of right now, she continued, the provincial government has not changed its projected May 4 reopening date for non-essential businesses. That could include local bars and terrasses.*
Here's exactly what Mayor Plante had to say (translated from French):
"Yesterday, everyone heard the news about the major cultural and sporting events that are cancelled until July 2. You will understand that this was a very difficult decision that was necessary [...] For everything else [...] I want to say that, when we think of amateur sports teams, day camps, gatherings in parks, terrasses or bars, that is not what we are talking about right now. For everything I just mentioned, we are sticking to the Quebec government's instruction, which is May 4."
Of course, the mayor cannot confirm this, and she clarified it at the end of her speech: "After that, we'll see, it's really a national directive."
Premier Legault explained at his daily briefing Wednesday that social distancing could complicate business operations well beyond that.
"When we reopen businesses, it will be very important to focus first on businesses where we are really able" to maintain a two-meter distance between individuals, he said (translated from French).
"In fact, you have to get used to the two-metre rule in Quebec. That will take months."
Justin Trudeau suggested the same at his own conference Wednesday.
You can watch a live feed of the City of Montreal's press conference from April 8 below. The Mayor begins to discuss the current guidelines from the provincial government at the 9:00 minute mark.
During this press conference, Valérie Plante also noted that things such as day camps and amateur sports leagues are also among the list of what is right now scheduled to proceed on May 4.
The City also announced on April 8 that it will be extending its state of emergency for a period of five days.
Dr. Drouin mentioned during the press conference that they estimate Montreal is already reaching its outbreak peak and that we could start to see the number of cases decrease day by day.
These upcoming days will be critical for helping stop the spread of COVID-19 in the city, she stated.
As of April 8 at 1 p.m., there are 4,775 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montreal.
For the first time, the provincial and federal governments are offering a glimpse at the long road ahead to normalcy.
More reason to believe that ça va bien aller.
Stay tuned for more updates.
*This article has been updated.