It goes without saying, the Easter Holidays will have a vastly different feel this coming weekend than in years past.
Quebec Premier François Legault is urging citizens not to go see their families this weekend and asks Quebecers to celebrate the holiday weekend through video or phone calls.
The City of Montreal, in the context of the pandemic, has made “a few changes” to essential services provided on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
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“Closures and suspensions already announced as part of our fight against the spread of COVID-19 will be maintained until further notice,” states the Ville de Montreal website.
Collection services (household waste, bulky items, recycling, food waste, organic waste, and leaves) are maintained as scheduled. For more information visit borough specifics on the city’s website or dial 311.
Ecocentres will remain open as scheduled and until further notice.
“Although ecocentres of the urban agglomeration of Montreal continue to operate in the context of the current pandemic, we ask Montrealers to try to postpone their visits, if possible.”
All of the city’s online services remain accessible during the Easter Holidays.
Montreal metro, buses, and Paratransit Transport will be operational throughout the weekend but metros and buses will be adjusted on both Good Friday and Easter Monday.
[#COVID19] 🚇🚌🚐🌈 If you absolutely need to travel around during the Easter holidays, our métro, buses and Paratransit Transport will be running every day. However, our métro and bus schedules will be adjusted this Friday and Monday. #StayHome #everythingwillbealright pic.twitter.com/gw0uhDTB6G
— STM (@stminfo) April 9, 2020
The Ville de Montreal says all requests sent by email during the Easter Holidays will be processed starting April 14. “These include requests concerning the housing department, municipal court, and the property assessment department.”
A list of Quebec’s essential services that are operational throughout the pandemic can be found here.
Take note that all government-run businesses (SAQ, SQDC) and grocery stores will be closed every Sunday throughout April to ease the toll on workers.
Select pharmacies and gas stations will be open on Easter Sunday. We’d recommend always calling before planning a trip.