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Malls, salons reopen in Quebec Monday; Ontario to allow backcountry camping
The Promenades Gatineau mall is one of many shopping malls in Quebec set to reopen June 1, 2020. (Leah Larcoque / CTV News)
OTTAWA -- Changes are coming across the Ottawa River.
Quebec is proceeding with its plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions in the province, with new openings coming into effect Monday outside the greater Montreal area.
Here's a look at some of the places that will be able to open in up Gatineau and the Outaouais Monday.
- Shopping malls
- Hair and beauty salons
- Pet grooming services
- Campgrounds, marinas and cottage rentals
- Private health services such as dentistry, optometry and physiotherapy
- Quebec rental board hearings
- Societe de l'assurance automobile du Quebec (SAAQ) service centres
Not all business that can open will open right away. Public health measures, such as physical distancing, occupancy limits, and requests/requirements to wear masks should be expected.
Les Promenades to Gatineau says it will be open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, but not all stores will be open.
Les Galeries de Hull is also reopening June 1.
According to the Quebec government, there were 536 cases of COVID-19 and 18 deaths in the Outaouais region, as of Sunday.
Salon TOK on rue Montcalm in Gatineau is getting ready to welcome customers for the first time since March 15.
The salon has had to make several changes to allow for physical distancing: only every second chair will be available for clients; clients are asked to wash their hands and put on a smock when entering the salon; and staff will be wearing visors, masks, aprons, and smocks, which they will change after every customer.
Co-owner Olivia Barrett told CTV News their phone has been ringing off the hook since word came that they could reopen and they are booked solid.
"We have a waiting list already for appointments that aren’t already taken so now we are booking into June and July," she said.
They also say they're getting a lot of calls from people in Ottawa, because salons in Ontario have yet to reopen.
"We have received a lot of calls from people in Ontario desperately wanting an appointment."
Barrett said they are prioritizing their current clients, including calling back people whose appointments were cancelled in March and April.
The salon will be open in June and July and then reassess with public health officials to determine how to proceed.
"We still want it to be fun to get your hair done. A nice atmosphere and welcoming," Barrett said.
Campground restrictions lifting in Ontario
On the Ontario side, restrictions on campground activities in provincial parks and on Crown land will slowly start to be lifted, beginning Monday.
In a news release Saturday, the Ontario government said backcountry camping, including access points, paddle and portage routes, and hiking trails will reopen on Monday. Day-use activities, including picnicking and use of off-leash pet areas, will also be allowed.
No more than five people will be allowed to use a backcountry campsite at a time unless they live in the same household.
All other overnight camping and some day-use activities at provincial parks and conservation reserves will continue to be closed until June 14. All buildings and facilities including campgrounds, roofed accommodations, visitor centers, park stores, playgrounds, and beaches remain closed, the government said. Some washroom facilities may be available.
Ontario Parks will begin collecting fees for day-use and backcountry camping access as of June 1.
With files from CTV News Montreal's Basem Boshra and CTV News Toronto's Miriam Katawazi