Here's A Breakdown Of What You're Actually Allowed To Do In Montreal Right Now

The rules are scheduled to change later this month.

Quebec's curfew was lifted on May 28 — and this past weekend, Montrealers took to the Old Port and terrasses across the city to celebrate the end of the city's almost five-month-long curfew.

However, the rules on outdoor dining and activities in Montreal are tricky — even Mayor Valérie Plante admitted to an error when she was seen dining on a terrasse on May 29.

Here's what you're actually allowed to do in Montreal right now. 

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Orange and red zones in Quebec

On May 25, Quebec Premier François Legault said the government's objective is to turn the entire province into an orange zone by June 7, including Montreal and Laval.

Montreal is currently one of five COVID-19 red zones in Quebec — and while terrasse dining was previously prohibited in red zones, the province has changed its rules, with some conditions.

Restaurants and bars

Indoor dining is currently prohibited in Montreal, with delivery, takeout and drive-thru orders permitted.

Terrasses are open with a maximum of two people from different addresses at the same table. They can be accompanied by their children under 18 years old.

Residents of the same household can sit together at the same table outdoors.

Alcohol consumption on terrasses is not currently permitted without buying food.

Bar terrasses are scheduled to open as of June 11.

Private gatherings

Indoor gatherings are currently prohibited in Montreal for residents of different addresses, except for an informal caregiver, a support person, planned work, or in the case of a person living alone, who can receive one visitor or their children.

A person who lives alone with their children can join one other household, so long as both groups don't see anyone else.

Private outdoor gatherings (in a yard or on a balcony) are permitted with up to eight people from different addresses — but visitors have to practice social distancing.

Movie theatres

People from different addresses aren't allowed to sit together. Theatres are supposed to ensure that people who don't live together are seated two metres apart, the government says.

People in the cinemas have to remain seated and no food or drinks are allowed.

There's also a maximum of 250 people per theatre.

Sports (until June 10)

Outdoor, contact-free sports are permitted in public places with members of up to two different households or in groups of up to eight people from different households, according to the government.

There can be an instructor, so long as they wear protective equipment and stay two metres apart from participants.

Indoor, contact-free sports are permitted but "limited to pools, skating rinks and facilities for playing tennis and badminton."

Gyms are currently closed.

Organized matches, tournaments and competitions are not permitted.

Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times for Montrealers aged 10 years old and over, except when swimming, social distancing or between members of the same household.

Lessons in private homes are allowed with members of the same household, and the instructor has to be two metres apart from the students.

Offices and work

Offices are currently closed in Montreal, and non-essential workers should be working from home, "except for employees whose presence is essential."

The government has not yet set a date for when offices could reopen.

Summer camps

Summer camps will be reopening as of June 25.

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