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During this year’s Jewish high holiday period, religious services will take place both inside and/or outdoors depending on the congregation following the rules from the Quebec Government related to how many people can share a space. Since these rules would preclude many from attending indoor services, the City of Côte Saint-Luc has made available to congregations certain public spaces, such as parks.
The health and safety of residents is our greatest concern, so we encourage all those participating at services to wear masks, even when gathered outdoors. The situation today is very different from late March, when coronavirus cases were on the rise, hand sanitizer was scarce, and no one was wearing masks. With the right precautions, the spread of COVID-19 can be greatly reduced.
We ask all residents to show tolerance during this period. There will be some noise at outdoor gatherings, whether it takes place in a park or a private backyard. We believe that holding outdoor activities, in many different public and private locations, carries less risk.
Finally, we ask for everyone’s help in ensuring the physical safety of congregants at the various locations. As in every year, the Montreal police department, Côte Saint-Luc Public Security, and private security will be patrolling to ensure safety of all gatherings. If you spot anything suspicious, please report it immediately by calling 9-1-1.