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Montreal is officially becoming a yellow zone this Monday, June 14. And, with that, come yellow zone rules.

As Quebec's new COVID-19 cases continue to decline and with the rules on gatherings, restaurants, gyms — and more — changing quickly, MTL Blog went through your DMs and answered your questions about what it means to be at a "Level 2–Early Warning (yellow)" alert level. 

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Effective June 4, air travellers returning to Canada who refuse to quarantine in a government-approved hotel can be fined $5,000 — a $2,000 increase from the prior $3,000 fine.

The government has said the mandatory hotel stay itself can cost travellers approximately $2,000 of their own money. In Montreal, approved hotels include the Baymont by Wyndham Montreal Airport, Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal Airport and Comfort Inn Dorval.

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In a May 14 interview on Radio-Canada's Tout le Matin, Dr. Horacio Arruda suggested that the end of mandatory masks is "coming" in Quebec, depending on how the situation evolves and possibly subject to certain conditions.

Responding to a question about whether or not Quebec will remove mandatory masking for fully vaccinated people like the CDC in the United States recently did, Arruda said that "it's coming to Quebec, I don't want to tell you that it's not coming, there will be relief [in] all sorts of activities and measures."

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Tomorrow is the day fitness buffs across Quebec red zones have been waiting for — gyms are reopening

But with COVID-19 health protocols in effect, it won't be exactly the same as you remember it. We spoke to local fitness professionals and scoured the internet for information on what you can actually expect when you head back to gyms

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Starting today, almost all travellers returning to Canada by land have to show proof of a COVID-19 test when arriving at the border.

The test must either be a negative COVID-19 molecular test (such as a PCR test, which is typically taken using a swab inserted into a person’s nose or throat) taken within 72 hours of arriving at the U.S.-Canada land border, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days before arrival. 

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In collaboration with the federal government, Canada's major airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to "sun destinations" after countless requests from Premier François Legault to tighten travel restrictions in Canada. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat will "cancel air service" to all Caribbean destinations and Mexico starting on Sunday, January 31 until April 30. 

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It seems like the only thing going around more than the virus itself is discussion around it. Here in Quebec, we are no stranger to having a multitude of beliefs and opinions, and conversations pertaining to how to move forward with the pandemic is no exceptions.

A study conducted by the Association for Canadian Studies, in collaboration with Leger, entitled "Quebec: Should the Vaccine be Mandatory or Voluntary?" looks into Quebecers' opinions on the issue, as well as the continuing tightening and easing of lockdown measures.

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It's so common place that you don't even notice it anymore. I'm talking about those taxi drivers who look like they've been wearing the same shirt for 3 days straight. One time I saw a taxi driver wearing a suit and I thought I was in the Twilight Zone.

As it turns out, the city is also tired of the way taxi drivers present themselves. They are technically ambassadors for the city and it's about time they dressed the part.

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