Montreal Coronavirus Information
Updated: July 3rd 2020
Here you have all the latest Montreal coronavirus updates on airports, public transport, attractions and rules and regulations on one page. We’re committed to keeping you informed so you can take the necessary measures and be one step closer to getting back to your normal life or get back home safely once the coronavirus in Montreal is no longer a threat.
Montreal Coronavirus Latest News
(Published in the last 24 hours)
Montreal Coronavirus Travel Information
- Anyone returning from a stay outside Canada, including cruise passengers, must self-isolate for 14 days
- Such individuals are not go to school, to work, to childcare centre or a day care centre or to any other public place, they may not walk their dog or walk outside at any point during the self-isolation period, may not use public transport or and may not under any circumstance accept any visitors at home
- If you have symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of smell or taste, etc) you must first make an appointment and then go to the health clinic and let the health care workers know that you have travelled
- If you live with individuals who have not travelled, you should remain/sleep/eat in a separate room with the door closed and if possible, use separate bathroom.
- It is advised that non-essential trips should be avoided
- Cruise ship travel should also be avoided
- For Instructions for travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic, click here
Montreal Airport Information
- Many flights are being cancelled, please check with your airline ahead of time
Official websites are doing a great job at keeping travellers well-updated and at providing the latest information. You can read about the impact of coronavirus on your travel arrangements on the official websites of Montreal’s airports.
Check with your airline company to find out about any alterations of your travel plans. The US government advises all passengers to avoid long-distance travels unless absolutely essential.
Find out more here:
- Government of Canada announced temporary closure of Canadian-U.S. border to all non-essential traffic
- Minister of Transport requires that air carriers deny boarding to any passenger who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident on flights to Canada, starting March 18th 2020
- The ministry of foreign affairs recommends that Canadian travellers return to Canada by commercial means while they are available
- No traveller with corona symptoms will be allowed to fly
- Here is a list with information on availability and closure of businesses at airport
- Only a few restaurants offering takeout meals at the airport remain open
- Only travellers with no symptoms may use public transport, taxi or limousine to leave the airport
- Individual airlines are responsible for the cleanliness of their aircraft
- For more information and the latest updates and measures at YUL, please click here.
Montreal Public Transport
“Vendôme Turnstiles” – Empty turnstiles exiting the Vendôme Metro Station in Montreal, Canada. By NorthWerk Photography
Based on guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada, it is required for intercity passenger rail companies to do a health check to screen passengers for Covid-19 symptoms before they board a train. This includes simple health questions and looking for visible signs of illness.
A passenger may be refused to board the train in the case he displays Covid-19 symptoms. The denial will remain in effect for 14 days until the passenger shows medical proof that confirms the symptoms are not corona-related.
Although public transport is running in Montreal and in the province of Quebec, changes in schedules and times could be expected due to the coronavirus situation. All passengers are advised to travel only if is absolutely necessary and if so, to stand a healthy 6 to 12 feet away from each other at all times.
Find out more here:
Empty streets of downtown, Montreal, Quebec on March 27th 2020 due to health crisis caused by coronavirus
Movie theatres, museums and other attractions remain closed due to the coronavirus in Montreal.
If you are staying in Montreal for a longer period of time you might still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again. Here is the list of Montreal’s main iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates.
All attraction websites update the information about when they will be open again on their websites. Please check these websites regularly to stay tuned.
- Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
- Aura Basilique
- Biodome closed until further notice
- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts closed
- Montreal Botanical Gardens closed until further notice
- Old Montreal
- Parc Jean Drapeau access to park is currently forbidden
Governmental Rules and Regulations to follow in Montreal
Here are the key takeaways and rules to follow set by the Canadian Government and the Ministry of Quebec which apply in Montreal. Please visit the official website of the Government of Canada to see if any changes have been made. It is necessary to follow governmental restrictions in Montreal and minimise your social interactions to prevent the deadly virus from spreading. It’s important not to panic but it’s also very important to be careful.
- Government declared a health emergency on March 14th 2020 throughout the Quebec territory
- Anyone returning from a stay outside Québec to self-isolate for 14 days, that is, both sick travellers or those displaying symptoms and travellers who do not display symptoms and are in perfect health
- Outdoor gatherings allowed with a maximum of 10 people from three families with social distancing in place as of May 22, 2020
- Some retail businesses are set to reopen in the greater Montreal area starting May 25th 2020
- Educational institutions (elementary and secondary schools, training centres, private schools) will be closed until May 1, inclusively
- Day camps across the province will be allowed to open as of June 22
- Emergency school daycare services are open for the children (aged 4 to 13) of health care starting May 11th 2020, social services and essential services personnel as well
- Elementary schools and day cares outside of Montreal reopened on May 11th 2020, while Montreal day cares will remain closed until at least June 1st 2020
- High schools, junior schools and universities closed until September
- The suspension of student loan debt repayment for 6 months, including borrowers whose accounts are in collection
- Products transported by land are not be impacted
- Checkpoints set to slow the spread of Covid-19 came down on May 18th between cities in many parts of Quebec
- The Government is taking all the necessary measures to contain the contagion as much as possible
- If you are worried about COVID‑19, you can call 418-644-4545, 514-644-4545, 450-644-4545, 819-644-4545 and 1-877-644-4545 (toll free) elsewhere in Québec
Get an overview of the current coronavirus precautions in Montreal by clicking here.
Every citizen must comply with the above-stated measures. The relevant authorities are given the right to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.
Covid-19 Travel Articles: Is it safe to travel?
Lonely Planet on how COVID-19 is changing travel
Some countries want us to visit – but are we ready to travel?
“European airlines have their fingers firmly crossed. Carriers, which would usually be running up to 2500 flights a day, are slowly reopening their networks. By July, easyJet hopes to resume 50% of its routes with Ryanair aiming to restart 40% of its own. But are travelers as keen? We spoke to several to find out.“ READ MORE >>>
Here’s what it’s like to visit a theme park during the pandemic
“Depending on where you live, amusement parks can be one of the best day trip experiences around. But like everything else, coronavirus indefinitely changed them.” READ MORE >>>
TravelPusle on airlines and airports
Passengers Now Required to Fill Out Health Form to Fly
“Airlines for America (A4A), the trade group that represents the major U.S. airlines, said Monday that passengers will now be required to complete a health acknowledgement form during check-in for a flight. The requirement is for all passengers, and anyone that refuses runs the risk of being declared unfit to travel.“ READ MORE >>>
Forbes Travel Guide on summer hotel reopenings
How Hotels Are Changing Everything From Room Service To Restaurants
“The coronavirus has forced luxury hotels to retool the guest stay, from check-in to checkout. But this doesn’t mean you should expect a lesser experience. As hotels begin to reopen all over the globe, they are discovering creative ways to adhere to health regulations while ensuring you have a good time. Their efforts especially shine in the food and beverage realm, where they have reimagined everything from happy hour to the hotel buffet.” READ HERE >>>
The New York Times on a new travel era
The Future of Travel – How the industry will change after the pandemic
“Regions and countries are beginning to open up, but the outbreak will undoubtedly change how we think, act and travel, at least in the short term.” READ MORE >>>
What to do while currently in Montreal
- Food delivery
Restaurants are closed but that doesn’t need to prevent you from trying delicious food and keeping your body fuelled and healthy. You can visit Ubereats or other delivery websites, pick anything you want and have it delivered to your location.
- Watch a Canadian movie
If you can’t explore the city because of the restrictions, you can watch an Italian movie instead! We all know that feeling when we watch a movie, we see a scene filmed where we’ve been and we scream ‘I’ve been there!” How about watching a movie set in Montreal or anywhere in Canada while you are in here? It suddenly changes your current experience of the city. Here is a list of the 7 movies on Netflix filmed in Montreal.
If you’re at home, you probably have a shelf full of books that you’ve always wanted to read but never got to. Or perhaps you have some texts that you’ve saved on your phone under “read later.” This is the perfect time to take your mind off the current stressful situation and dive into a literary world, at least for a an hour or two a day.
Also, writing or keeping a journal and getting those thoughts and feelings out on paper can be a true stress reliever during times like these.
- Keep the communication going with your loved ones
You can use this time to reconnect with your loved ones through different video options online. Keeping everyone up-to-date about yourself, making sure everyone is healthy and well and “making someones’ day” by giving them a good laugh is a great way to maintain strong relations even when you cannot physically spend time together.
Virtual coffees and dinner dates with a friend, family member, a loved one, or a “double-date” even with another couple via online video chat is the thing to do during these corona times. Why not enjoy someones’ company while everyone stays in the comfort of their home? Times like these sometimes ask us to adapt to another lifestyle, and why not make the best of it?
- Get some fresh air on your balcony
All attractions, parks and gardens in Montreal are currently closed to the public until further notice. Although people are advised to stay at home or practice “social distancing,” going for a walk, a run and getting some fresh air is very important for your health. We suggest making use of your backyard if you have one or simply going on your balcony more frequently during the day for some fresh air if you don’t feel safe going out and far from your home.
As we all know, keeping active is crucial to our well-being. When going to the gym is no longer an option, yoga and stretching are the way to go. These are activities you can do on your own floor or balcony. There are many videos online that you can follow while doing these activities, and you can also tune into live-stream yoga classes available online.
The entire LuggageHero team wishes you good health and positive vibes!
It’s important that we all follow the measures set by the authorities and protect ourselves and others. By social distancing and taking care of our hygiene, we are lessening the change of the virus spreading. We are in this together and every individual matters. If coronavirus spreads this fast, imagine how contagious some love and a smile are?