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Quebec allows some recreational sports to resume with physical distancing


Quebec will permit several recreational sports including tennis and golf to begin next week across the entire province — including in Montreal, which continues to be the province's COVID-19 epicentre.

Junior education minister Isabelle Charest says the first activities to be permitted are those that can be practised outdoors, either individually or in pairs, with two-metre physical distancing maintained.

The list of sports permitted as of May 20 also includes hiking, track and field, cycling, rock-climbing, canoeing and horseback riding.

Provincial parks will reopen, in part to allow for those activities to resume, but Charest says people should not travel outside their home region for leisure purposes.

Charest says the province is working with other federations to adapt different sports to meet COVID-19 public health guidelines.

She says discussions are ongoing to allow certain professional sports and amateur athletes to get back to training again.

But Dr. Richard Masse of the province's public health department says it's unrealistic to think a Montreal Canadiens game will be held at the Bell Centre this summer.

Masse said in terms of professional sports, the province sets the criteria that need to be respected to protect athletes and fans.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2020.

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