Some summertime staples are making a return, after all. On Friday, the Government of Quebec unveiled the latest step in the gradual reopening of the province. Museums, drive-in theatres, and some library services are set to open back up beginning May 29. As for camping in Quebec, Deputy Premier Geneviève said that the government isn't yet ready to announce a reopening date, but she confirmed that a plan is in the works.

"We're very aware of the impatience surrounding camping," she said, explaining that the minister of tourism is working hard with public health to prepare this plan.

She also acknowledged that Quebecers are used to starting the camping season along with their summer BBQs, which the government is allowing as of May 22 for groups of a maximum of 10 people from a maximum of three different households.

"We have to go step by step, gradually. We can't open everything at the same time."

But "it's coming."

Quebec's national parks began to reopen on May 20 for hiking and day fishing, but camping is still forbidden.

Some sporting activities also began to resume on May 20. In Montreal, some parks and sports areas will open over the weekend of May 22.

The provincial and municipal governments have seemed increasingly eager to accommodate some summertime activities as the weather improves (and heatwaves begin).

In Montreal, city officials have begun gradually releasing plans to transform kilometers of streets into more pedestrian and bike-friendly zones.

Some of the most popular commercial thoroughfares are set to become pedestrian-only.

Retail shops with their own entrances from the outside, meanwhile, will finally open in the Montreal area on May 25.

Montrealers will have to keep waiting for dine-in restaurants and terrasses, however.

Despite willingness among Quebec restaurant owners to open at 50% capacity, and fears that many restaurants won't be able to survive without customers much longer, the government has not announced any plans to allow restaurants to open their doors.

Stay tuned for more news.

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