Montreal downtown stores allowed to stay open 24 hours
Parts of city granted a special tourist designation to allow shops to stay open
Some downtown Montreal businesses now have the option of staying open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It'll have a major impact on the vitality of our businesses and our attractiveness and competitiveness as a city,- Mayor Denis Coderre
The Quebec government partnered with the City of Montreal to bestow a specific tourist designation to some neighbourhoods in the city, allowing businesses in those areas to stay open without restrictions.
Downtown, Old Montreal, Quartiers des Spectacles, Chinatown, the Gay Village and Notre Dame Island have all been freshly designated as tourist hubs.
The special designation will last five years, starting on May 25, 2015.
With this status, retail businesses located in this area will be allowed to open their doors without restrictions in order to take full advantage of tourist traffic.
They'll be free to determine their own hours and days of operation.
"I thank the Quebec government for making this decision. It'll have a major impact on the vitality of our businesses and our attractiveness and competitiveness as a city," Mayor Denis Coderre said in a statement.
"By establishing a tourist zone where businesses can be open 24 hours, seven days a week, we're responding to the demands of our retailers and customers."