Here is what's open and closed in Montreal on Labour Day

Sep 3 2020, 9:45 am

For many people, Labour Day signifies the last unofficial day of summer. Time is spent at a cottage, in the pool, or asking yourself “where did the summer go?”

The statutory holiday is held on September 7 this year in Canada and we’re slated for some sunshine and it’s expected to feel like 26ºC, according to The Weather Network.

When it comes to eating out and/or shopping, we’d recommend calling beforehand as many spots run on different hours, depending on the owner’s preference, especially because of COVID-19 restrictions.

We always recommend calling a place before assuming it’s open.

In celebration of the long weekend, many businesses and public attractions are shut down. But, since nobody wants to be locked outside of an SAQ on a day off, we’ve put together a list of what’s open and closed this Labour Day Monday in Montreal.

What’s Open:

  • 311, the city of Montreal’s information hotline (always available)
  • Depanneurs, and pharmacies, but hours and staff may be reduced
  • Most music venues, bars, clubs
  • Most restaurants and pubs
  • Bookstores, flower stores, antique shops and service-based businesses (hair salons, gas stations, manufacturers) remain open at their discretion
  • Hospitals and emergency services
  • Most spas
  • Hotels and most accommodations
  • Small grocery stores (less than 4,037-sq-ft in size) though hours of operation and staff may be reduced
  • Some arenas, swimming pools, and sports centres remain open with reduced hours
  • Cinemas
  • Montreal Casino (always open)
  • La Ronde
  • Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal’s museum of history and archeology
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Montreal Biodome
  • Montreal Botanical Gardens and the Gardens of Light
  • Montreal Insectarium
  • Montreal Science Centre and IMAX Theatre
  • Montreal Planetarium
  • Public markets and farmers’ markets
  • Marché Bonsecours
  • Parking metres are still in effect though attendants are scarcer than on non-holidays
  • Garbage and recycling pickups stay on schedule (there are isolated exceptions)
  • Most SAQ liquor stores stay open except for those located inside shopping malls that don’t have doors directly on the street

What’s Closed:

  • Banks, credit unions, and private institutions
  • City of Montreal offices and Accès Montréal points of service
  • Quebec provincial and Canadian federal offices
  • Municipal courthouses and borough offices
  • Shopping malls and retail stores (except for bookstores, flower shops, and antique dealers which remain open at the owner’s discretion)
  • Postal service and Canada Post post offices, except those operating in the private sector
  • Large grocery stores and supermarkets – over 4,037-sq-ft in size
  • Some restaurants

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