5 ways Montréal is making meetings safer

published on November 5, 2020
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Montréal has a long history of being a favourite destination among event professionals. This is because the city offers easy accessibility and a vast array of cultural activities. It’s also because Montréal has always been a safe city. In fact, a recent ranking among 20 of the largest metropolitan areas in Canada and the USA indicated that Montréal was the safest.

This year has presented some fresh challenges for the events industry. But one thing remains a constant: hosting future meetings in Canada (and specifically in Montréal) is an attractive option because of the forward-thinking measures in place by various levels of government and health officials.

Our goal is to make sure the city remains just as safe as it has always been—even after the globe-changing events of 2020. That’s why there are a variety of protocols to keep locals and visitors safe. Here are just some of the initiatives.

Transport. From the airport, to taxis, to public transit, Montréal has new measures in place to keep citizens happy and healthy. For instance, to limit crowds, the Montréal airport (YUL) only permits travellers and employees into the building. Also, Montréal taxi cabs have been outfitted with plexiglass barriers. See all of the transport-related measures.

Accommodation. Your hotel room is where you recharge. Utmost care is being taken to ensure that the room feels not just thoroughly sanitized, but also comfortable and welcoming. Each hotel has specific guidelines based on its unique layout and design, but all hotels have hand sanitization stations, limited numbers in the lobby, and new housekeeping procedures. Learn about the hotel-related safety protocols.

Venues. When meeting and event venues are fully open again, a variety of measures are in place to keep attendees safe. Indoor and outdoor events will continue to have maximum attendee numbers, which will reflect the level of concern around contagion. Procedures, such as line ups and water access, are also considered. Check out venue-related regulations.

Restaurants. When it’s time to eat in restaurants again, you can expect some modifications to dining rooms. For instance, tables are positioned two meters apart. In some cases, screens have been installed between tables. Discover more restaurant-related initiatives.

Convention Centre. The convention centre has created an entire protocol to ensure safe meetings. It’s called PROGRESS: Palais Reopening Operating Guide to Running Events with Safety Standards. (See what they did there?) One of the coolest convention centre clients can create digital content and host virtual events using the Palais Média Propulsion studio. See how the convention centre is making meetings safer.


Did you know that we’ve summarized all the events-related safety initiatives happening in Montréal? It’s called Our 720° Safety Protocol, and it makes a wonderful resource for both event planners and attendees!


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