This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, but unlike previous years, many Quebecers won’t have as many options when it comes to celebrating outside of their homes. This year, we won’t be able to cram into restaurants, watch a movie at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, and depending on where you live, some of us can’t even visit family and friends.
Needless to say, there will be plenty of businesses and offices closed for the Holiday— more so than ever before.
What follows is a list of what we know will for sure be closed on Monday.
- Federal and provincial government offices.
- Canada Post.
- Municipal offices (with the exception of Accès Montréal).
- Municipal courts.
- Montreal’s ecocentres and Grande Bibliothèque.
- There will be no service on the Candiac, Mascouche, and Mont-St-Hilaire lines, or on the Deux-Montagnes/Bois-Franc shuttle. See below for a list of public
- transport that is still running.
- Most banks will be closed so you might want to double check your branch first.
- Loto-Québec offices in Montreal will be closed.
- Shopping malls and supermarkets.
- All major public markets, including Jean-Talon and Atwater.
- Société des Alcools du Québec locations will be open, with the exception of those located inside a closed shopping centre.
- Garbage, recycling, compost and other collections will run on schedule in all boroughs with the exception of Montreal North, where compost pickup will be postponed until Tuesday.
- All automated parking payment machines remain in effect.
- Some sports centres, pools, arenas, libraries and cultural centres will be open but it varies in each Montreal borough so you’ll need to check the schedule for each institution. Check your local borough’s website for more details.
- The STM will run on a weekend schedule with modified bus times. Visit stm.info for more details.
- Exo’s Vaudreuil-Hudson line will run on a Sunday schedule.
- Trains on the St-Jérôme line will run on a weekend schedule between Blainville and De la Concorde. St-Jérôme customers who need to take the train are asked to take the Exo Laurentides bus line 9 toward the Ste-Thérèse station.
- All Exo buses will operate on a Saturday schedule.
- The Société de transport de Laval will operate on a Saturday schedule.
- The Réseau de transport de Longueuil will also operate on a Saturday schedule.
- Bookstores, flower stores, antique shops, hair salons, gas stations, manufacturers, are open at their discretion.
- Hotels, resorts and most accommodations.
Here is the list of everything else closed in red zones until October 28:
- Restaurants, diners, and food courts in shopping centres and food stores, except for deliveries, take-outs, or drive-through orders.
- Restaurants in red zones must close their dining rooms and remain open only for delivery and pick-up orders.
- Bars, taverns, discotheques, and other nightclubs.
- Microbreweries and distilleries that serve food on-site.
- Museums, biodomes, planetariums, insectariums, botanical gardens, aquariums, and zoos.
- Arcades, amusement centres and amusement parks.
- Saunas and spas, except for personal care services provided at those locations.
- Libraries outside of educational institutions, except lending desks.
- Movie theatres and rooms in which performing arts are presented, including venues where the arts are broadcast.
- Youth hostels.
- Gyms and fitness centres.