COVID-19: Montreal cancels all festivals, sporting events and public gatherings until July 2

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MONTREAL –
Montreal has canceled all of its festivals, sporting events and other public gatherings until July 2, the city announced on Tuesday.

The city said in a statement that the decision had been made “in the context of COVID-19 and in accordance with the directives issued by the government of Quebec”.

The city has announced that it will contact its festival and event partners to support them.

Among the events affected is the Just for Laughs comedy festival, which Montreal mayor Valerie Plante said she hoped will be postponed until August or September.

The ban also affects national June 24 celebrations and July 1 Canada Day festivities.

The announcement comes on the same day that the F1 Canadian Grand Prix would be postponed.

The organizers of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Francopholies and the Pouzza punk festival have all said previously that the events will not take place this year due to the pandemic.

“The good news is for the Grand Prix and the Just for Laughs festival, we are talking about postponement,” said Plante. “For the others, we cancel. The Jazz Festival, the Francopholies, they will be canceled. But the Grand Prix, we plan to hold here in Montreal, but later this year. I don’t have a date, we are working on the details, but it would be fantastic if we could have the Grand Prix in Montreal this year. “



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