Last night of freedom outside

Last night of freedom outside

Skiers, skaters and walkers took advantage of the mild winter weather yesterday to spend one last evening in the open air before the curfew came into effect.

“We often come after school and we stay until 10 pm,” says Félix St-Pierre, 16 years old.

The skier was enjoying his last long evening on Friday at the Mont Saint-Bruno resort, on the South Shore of Montreal, with some friends.

Quebec has announced a curfew, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., starting this evening in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 and limit illegal gatherings.

Last night of freedom outside

Photo QMI Agency, Mario Beauregard

Faithful to their habits, Félix St-Pierre, Nathan Charron-Galarneau, Gabriel Bouchard and Félix Michaud went skiing after school.

“It’s disappointing, but necessary if we want the pandemic to end,” adds the teenager, encouraged by his friends.

Mélanie Fiset intends to condense her ski sessions in the early evening for the next month, since she has two children “who need to move”.

“Already that all their activities [sportives] are interrupted. I am fortunate to live near the mountain and to work from home. Until 7 pm, we have time to enjoy it a bit, ”says the mother with optimism.


For his part, Eric Côté took a long walk in his neighborhood on Friday. Since the start of confinement in March, he has particularly appreciated the calm of Montreal after dark.

“Walking in the evening and at night is really my favorite thing. When the weather is fine at night, I will find it painful. I hope with all my heart that it will not continue in the spring, ”he says.

Changed habits

“There is no doubt that the curfew will change my habits. I go outdoors when it tempts me, when my body tells me I need it, even if it is 9 pm, ”says Mylène Benoit, who lives in Sherbrooke.

She went to do some fatbike Thursday and downhill skiing on Friday evening to “make the most of it before the curfew”.

A winter sports enthusiast, she is even considering changing her work schedule in order to start work earlier in the morning to enjoy a few hours outside after work.

“During my practice of sport, I intend to set an alarm to tell me when it is time to go home. It’s strange … If I don’t have enough, I will have to go anyway. In short, we will just need more organization, ”she said.

Adapt your schedule

It’s not impossible to adapt your schedule for the next month, says Jordan Comtois, personal trainer.

“Why not go to bed earlier to do a workout in the morning?” You can also favor a routine of stretching and mobility exercises before going to bed. It allows you to relax, get a better night’s sleep and wake up with less muscle aches, ”he advises in order to maintain healthy lifestyle habits.

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