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COVID-19 : Montréal announces the gradual reopening of many sporting and leisure facilities

21 mai 2020

Montréal, le 21 mai 2020 - With a view to gradually resuming activities, Montréal is announcing the gradual reopening of many of the city's sporting and leisure facilities.

Starting today, skateparks, petanque areas, as well as outdoor athletic tracks will be open to residents for individual use. In addition, dog owners can once again have their pets play in dog parks as of May 22. Municipal golf Montréal will open its doors on May 23. .

Access to parks
With the arrival of warmer weather, parks and green spaces provide oases and are open to the population. Beginning on May 23, people will be able to access Île Notre-Dame, except for the parking lot which will remain closed. On that same date, access to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and Parc Jean-Drapeau will also be permitted. The closure of the parking lots at the following parks remains in effect: La Fontaine, Maisonneuve, Jarry, Fréderic-Back and the nature park of Île-de-la-Visitation.

Access to playgrounds and playground facilities remains closed until further notice. As for playing fields, they are still unavailable for team sports.

Gradual reopening of tennis courts
The 19 boroughs will continue, until early June, to progressively reopen the 102 tennis courts on city territory. To ensure the safety of tennis enthusiasts, some precautions will have to be taken. Accordingly, only free play singles matches are permitted, and doubles matches are prohibited. Lessons and training sessions are not permitted, and players may only use outdoor courts.

In addition to each court's guidelines, Montréal would like to remind the population of the importance of maintaining a two-metre physical distance at all times. Besides frequent handwashing, the wearing of a face covering, while not mandatory, is recommended when playing the sport. Note that players will have to use their own balls, which they must identify.

In moving forward with the reopening of many municipal facilities, Montréal wants to encourage the population to take part in sporting activities and lead an active lifestyle, while ensuring it is protected.

Note that in all of its actions, the urban agglomeration of Montréal is following the recommendations of the Direction régionale de santé publique.

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