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Montreal closes Mont-Royal parking lots and Ile Notre-Dame after physical distancing rules not respected
MONTREAL -- The City of Montreal is closing the parking lots on Mont-Royal and the entirety of Ile Notre-Dame, to help enforce bans on gathering in groups and curb the spread of COVID-19.
A news release from the city Sunday said that most citizens have collaborated with physical distancing rules, but that Saturday’s sunny, temperate weather drew many people (especially out-of-towners) to Mont Royal and other areas.
“The SPVM had to intervene Saturday on the Lachine Canal,” the release reads. “The high traffic on Ile Notre-Dame meant the guidelines for social distancing were not sufficiently respected.”
The Atwater Ferry is also closed indefinitely.
“We remind you that non-essential travel is strongly discouraged, so we invite people to visit the parks near their residences,” reads the release.
As of Saturday, Montreal had 3,261 confirmed cases of COVID-19.