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

Jun 17 2020, 7:50 am

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.

“More and more people are moving around outside and Quebecers are practicing sports they hadn’t tried before,” said Charest in French from Quebec City. “Spots are an important aspect of our lives and I am happy to announce we can know expand the deconfinement sector of sports once again.”

Quebecers are still expected to comply with physical distancing and hygiene guidelines put in place by public health among the reopening.

“It is necessary to make adjustments so everyone can enjoy our favourite outdoor activities,” she continued. “Accidental physical contact happens and it will be accepted but we’re asking athletes to be more mindful of where they are on the playing field.”

Charest says the announcement will bring a little bit more “normalization” to Quebecers and that hand-to-hand combat sports still need more time to be evaluated.

Charest stressed that sports and outdoor activities are good for our mental and physical states.

Earlier in June, the province lifted the ban on outdoor team sports including soccer, baseball, tennis, and golf.