Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Jun 17 2020, 1:42 pm

Every day in Canada, a lot of news regarding COVID-19 comes out nationally and locally.

And for now, we will be putting together Montreal and Canada’s top headlines daily to help you digest the news in one place.

Throughout the day, you can see all the headlines in real-time here.

Top coronavirus stories for June 17, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec reports less than 30 coronavirus-related deaths for third straight day

The Quebec government revealed that the province’s COVID-19-related death toll has reached 5,298 after announcing 29 more deaths since Tuesday afternoon.

There are a reported 117 new known cases of the coronavirus, according to the Santé Quebec website. That brings the confirmed total to 54,263 known cases with 690 hospitalizations, 72 of whom are in the ICU.

Currently, a reported 485,132 tests have turned up negative throughout Quebec and over 25,000 cases have been resolved.

Gyms, indoor pools, arenas to reopen throughout Quebec next week

As Quebec continues its deconfinement measures throughout a number of industries, June 22 is looking more and more like a very positive day in terms of reopening.

Quebec’s Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, along with the National Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda, announced that as of Monday, gyms, indoor pools, and athletic arenas can reopen.

June 22 is already the relaunch date for hosting clients inside Montreal restaurant, indoor gatherings of up to 50 people, reduced physical distancing measures, cinemas, theatres, and concert venues.

Places of worship can open throughout Quebec next week

Places of worship are the latest sector of Quebec’s quickly-expanding deconfinement phase.

All houses of worships can reopen as of June 22, assuming that ceremonies and services don’t host more than 50 people.

Quebec’s National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, made the announcement on Wednesday morning from Quebec City. Arruda says physical distancing measures will have to be respected indoors.

3 new coronavirus cases reported at Quebec IGA and Metros

Two of Quebec’s leading grocery retailers, IGA and Metro, have released lists detailing when and where employees and customers have tested positive for COVID-19. Since the last update, only three entries have been added to both stores.

Both store chains said that out of respect and for confidentiality reasons, it will never release any personal information about infected employees or clients.

Bauer unveils protective masks for hockey players and fans

Following the success of making protective face shields for medical professionals, Bauer Hockey has announced a new line of masks to protect hockey players, coaches, and fans.

Given the difficulty of physical distancing in the sport, these new products could help hockey return to rinks across Canada this fall.

Public health gives the green light for Quebec beaches to reopen

Quebec’s newest phase of deconfinement just got a touch more relaxing, as public health has given the okay for beaches across the province to reopen.

The announcement was made in the province’s capital on Wednesday by Quebec’s Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, alongside National Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda.

The beach news was announced after gyms, indoor pools, and athletic arenas were also given the green light to reopen.

All sectors can reopen as of Monday, June 22.

Downtown Montreal’s iconic Bar B Barn restaurant to close down for good

One of downtown Montreal’s most iconic restaurants has closed its doors for good.

Bar B Barn, the landmark BBQ spot, which has been in operation on Guy Street since 1967, won’t be able to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, the dining area of the narrow building won’t be able to adhere to public health’s new COVID-19 guidelines.

MLB owners and players close to an agreement to save 2020 season

After weeks of contentious negotiations, there appears to be significant progress being made by MLB owners and players to save the 2020 season.

Major League Baseball released a statement from Commissioner Rob Manfred this afternoon, where he confirmed the positive discussions with MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark took place. He said the two sides had developed a “framework” that could form the basis of an agreement.