Quebec reopens malls, nail salons tattoo parlours outside Montreal area


MONTREAL — Many services and business across Quebec reopened on Monday after several weeks of pandemic-induced shutdowns.

Daycares are now open in the greater Montreal area and in the administrative region of Joliette, a town about 65 kilometres northeast.

Courthouses across the province were also permitted to reopen gradually, starting Monday, with limited seating capacity and Plexiglas barriers protecting clerks and judges.

Camping is now allowed outside the Montreal and Joliette regions, as are country home rentals.

Shopping malls, nail salons and other personal care centres are also reopening, but only outside Montreal.

Meanwhile, Quebec recorded 20 more COVID-19-related deaths over the previous day, for a total of 4,661, as well as 295 new cases of the disease for a total of 51,354.

Those figures represent the lowest number of reported deaths over a 24-hour period since April 5. The number of new cases continues to trend downward, with Monday’s figure the lowest daily number since March 26.

Also Monday, Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge announced public health officials have signed off on a special activity for graduating elementary and high school students that respects COVID-19 safety measures.

Roberge said in a statement that many students had urged the province to act, wanting one last chance to see their friends and teachers.

The ceremonies will allow for a memorable event to mark the end of their school year, including official photos or a chance to sign yearbooks, Roberge said.

While elementary schools have opened outside the greater Montreal area, high schools in the province are shuttered until September.