Don't forget that a Quebec-wide curfew begins tonight and you should be at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Private gatherings are also no longer allowed so you can only ring in the new year with your household bubble. Also, non-essential businesses are at half capacity and closed on Sundays, which means many stores will stay closed on January 2.
It may be off to a rocky start but who knows what the rest of 2022 can bring so happy new year and stay safe, Montreal.
Accès Montréal offices (BAM) and permit counters are closed until January 4, 2022. They will reopen on January 5. The City's digital services remain accessible, but applications submitted over the holidays will not be processed until January 5.
Waste collections — including household garbage, recycling and compost — will continue according to their regular schedules. Christmas tree collections are also taking place.
Ecocentres are closed until January 3, reopening on January 4.
STM Metro & Bus Networks
The STM's metro and bus networks are running on an adjusted schedule. Check the schedule for your route on the STM website before you head out.
SAQ & SQDC
SAQ locations are open on December 31 and closed on January 1. Most regular branches are expected to close at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve and Express branches are set to close at 7 p.m. Check the schedule for your nearest store before you go.
SQDC stores are open on December 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on January 1.
Most malls, including CF Fairview Pointe-Claire and CF Carrefour Laval, close at 5 p.m. on December 31 and remain closed on January 1.
Grocery Stores, Pharmacies & Public Markets
Most major groceries, such as most IGA, Provigo and metro locations, are open on December 31 but the majority of stores are closed on January 1.
Public markets, including Atwater and Jean-Talon, are open on December 31 and closed on January 1.
Many pharmacies will be open on December 31 and January 1 but holiday hours may be in effect.
Libraries, Sports, Cultural Centres & Places of Worship
Gyms, fitness centres, spas, movie theatres, show venues and places of worship are all closed due to COVID-19 health restrictions.
Some sports facilities may be open for limited activities depending on your borough, but indoor sports are now restricted to individual activities, pairs or members of the same household.
Most libraries will be closed on December 31 and January 1 and reopen on January 3.
Some museums remain open.
Bars, Restaurants & Casinos
Bars, casinos and restaurant dining rooms are also closed due to COVID-19 health measures. However, restaurants remain open for take-out and delivery.
Banks & Post Offices
Banks are closed on January 1. There is no mail delivery on January 1.
Outdoor activities are still a go so grab skates or a sled and head to the nearest park. However, cabins, pavilions and rental services may be closed so do your research before you go.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
UPDATE:This article is out of date. New restrictions on gatherings and nighttime travel take effect on December 31, 2021, including a curfew that begins at 10:00 p.m. and a ban on private gatherings that include more than one household bubble. Be sure to follow the latest public health rules.
EARLIER: It's safe to say that we're all ready to say goodbye to 2021 and some of you were probably hoping to end this rollercoaster of a year by throwing a massive rager, but the Government of Quebec's current gathering rules are here to rain on your parade.
It feels as though the measures have been changing every day or two recently, making it hard to keep up to date. For those feeling a little confused with all the rules as they try to make plans for the last day of the year, we've got your back.
For anyone planning on having people at their place, you're allowed to have a maximum of six people or the occupants of two households.
If you were hoping to rent a hall and get your whole gang together, think again. Rented halls have the same rules as all other indoor gatherings: six people or residents from three households. Unless you're getting married on New Year's Eve, then your weddings can have a maximum of 25 attendees — the same limit applies for funerals.
And for those making last-minute dinner reservations at a restaurant, know that you can be a maximum of six people seated at one table. If you were hoping to hit a club on NYE, that'll have to wait until next year, as Quebec ordered a complete closure of bars, casinos and taverns.
Essentially, when it doubt, think of the number 6.
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Now that dance floors in Quebec are finally open again, people are looking to make up for lost time. And that's exactly why one Montreal bar, Le Saint Édouard, is hosting a New Year's Eve 2021 party this Thursday, November 18.
"When I learned that the dance floors were reopening on November 15, I took the initiative to make this party as we did not have the opportunity to really celebrate New Year's Day last year, so we're making up for it this year," Damien, co-owner and director of Le Saint Édouard, told Narcity.
At this festive event, party goers will be able to enjoy a traditional menu including cheese and charcuterie platters, chicken wings, and classic burgers.
Entrance is free before 10 p.m., and after that, you'll have to pay $15 to participate in the evening. It's recommended to reserve your table in advance.
"It's going to be like a real New Year's Day, the staff is going to be fancy, we're going to put 2020 balloons in the room, there will be bubbles at midnight, we're going to have a countdown and everything like a real New Year's Day," continued the co-owner.
On the Facebook event, it also says that there are three DJs who will be performing all night. One thing's for sure, you'll be able to sway in celebration of this post-pandemic look.
And while Le Saint Édouard is hosting this celebration for the transition from 2020 to 2021, the co-owner said that New Year's Eve 2022 will also be celebrated on December 31, 2021. That means two parties in two months!
Labour Day is honestly an underrated holiday. There's nothing to actually celebrate on this day but it comes at just the right time every year. It's always at the end of summer when we're all exhausted from balancing work and all the fun adventures and vacations for the last few months.
It also usually marks the end of summer and the beginning of my our next favourite season: fall! This year's labour day is taking place on Monday, September 4th.
Usually the best thing to do on this day is to spend it relaxing and recharging after our summers of fun. But if you want to use this day to do some super fun things in the city, you should know what's open and closed in advance.