Here's what's reopening in Montreal and Quebec today

Jun 15 2020, 1:37 pm

As we enter the last official week of spring, a bevy of Quebec industries are ready to reopen as of Monday.

As several industries throughout the province have already gone back to work, and this marks another important phase of Quebec’s COVID-19 deconfinement phase.

Here are a few worthy reopenings throughout the province.

Indoor gatherings (excluding Montreal and Joliette)

Quebecers will be able to gather inside homes as of Monday, so long as they don’t exceed the same ten person maximum, three address rule as outdoor gatherings.

The two-metre rule still applies within homes and people with underlying health problems or COVID-19-related symptoms are advised not to go to other people’s places or have people over at all.

Montreal and Joliette indoor gatherings will be permitted, with the same guidelines as of next Monday, June 22.


Restaurants throughout the province have been given the go-ahead to host clients inside with the exception of the Greater Montreal metropolitan area and the district of Joliette.

Various public health guidelines will be put into place to prevent the potential spread of the virus including limiting the exchange of objects between people (menus, utensils, furniture,) physical distancing, face mask recommendations, and frequent cleaning.

There is no limit as to the amount of customers that will be let inside restaurants and owners and managers will be able to judge the amount of people that can be allowed in, so long as the public health guidelines are being respected.

Montreal and Joliette restaurants will have to wait an additional week to host customers on-site — in these places, the change will be permitted as of June 22.

A restaurant guideline can be found on the CNESST website.

Driving lessons

Quebec has added another gear to its deconfinement process, as driving lessons throughout the province will resume as well.

Minister of Labour Jean Boulet made the announcement last week, stating that the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) will start taking appointments for registered appointments starting today and tests can begin as of Monday, June 22.

Health measures have been put in place throughout the SAAQ and at private driving lessons, according to Boulet, who says all vehicles will have to be disinfected before and after tests and training sessions. Plastic will be placed over the driver’s seat and drivers will be asked to wear masks and gloves.

Montreal Botanical Garden

Montreal is about to get a touch prettier as the Botanical Garden will reopen to the public on Monday.

Several health measures have been put in place to ensure that all of the garden’s spaces are in strict compliance with protocols established by public health.

Montreal Botanical Garden will be open until August 31 and hours will run from 9 am to 6 pm from Sunday to Thursday and from 9 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Hairdressers, tattoo parlours, beauty care

Personal-care and beauty services were allowed to resume throughout Quebec as of June 1 but Montrealers and Joliette residents can now go get haircuts, tattoos, and other beauty care treatments.

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