Late this afternoon, Quebec Premier François Legault announced that the Greater Montreal Area will stay a red zone and the ongoing 8 p.m. curfew will remain in effect until at least February 22.
This means live venues in and around Montreal have not been given the green light to reopen.
However, venues and restaurants in Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec will be allowed to reopen as of February 26. Those regions will be moved from red to orange zones and will also have their curfew pushed to 9:30 p.m.
Stores (including non-essential merchants), museums, and hair salons across the province have been given the go-ahead to reopen as of February 8.
Montreal venues, hit hard by the pandemic, have pivoted their business plans to include everything from producing live-streamed shows to selling merch. Please consider supporting your favourite Montreal venues in these difficult times.