Retail businesses in Montreal can open as planned today, stemming from Quebec Premier François Legault’s announcement last Monday.
Public health authorities have given Montreal retail shops the green light to reopen as of today, the area of the province which has been hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak.
All retail businesses with direct exterior access throughout the Montreal metropolitan area are permitted to open, meaning shops inside malls that aren’t accessible to outdoor foot traffic must remain closed.
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Some Montreal retailers are opting for extra protective measures, including setting up plexiglass dividers and no-touch browsing.
Daycares are expected to open throughout the Greater Montreal area on June 1.
Manufacturing companies throughout the province are also authorized to open to full capacity today, with no restrictions as to the number of employees authorized to be on site. All manufacturing employees who are able to work remotely are being asked to do so.
“I want to ask Quebecers to continue to be very careful,” said Legault during the announcement on May 18. “If we don’t want to put the brakes on the reopening, we need to follow public health instructions. We need to keep our distances and wear a mask in public, I’m counting on you all.”
He added that the government won’t hesitate to pull of the plug on the reopening process if the contagion starts to worsen.