About Montreal & COVID-19

What to do

Montréal is a big, busy, exhilarating city, with so much to see and do. There’ll be plenty of long walks and bike rides, picnics at the park, street art hunts and time to discover the city’s many treasures. We invite you to explore the many “moments” you can experience in the city. Think of them as bite-sized snacks of information to whet your appetite for the big buffet of choices you have when you get here. The more you like and interact with moments, the more you’ll receive personalized recommendations along similar themes. And, of course, it’s Montréal, so prepare for a few surprises along the way! Until we get to greet you, stay safe and take care.


IZFS is committed to hosting a safe and engaging in-person component to the 17th International Zebrafish Conference, June 22-26, 2022. Attendance at any event now comes with some risk of contracting COVID-19, and everyone has different comfort levels and personal situations. This FAQ will help you understand which COVID-19 protocols will be in place at IZFS’s conference and why, so you know exactly what to expect.

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Will IZFS require attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Yes. All attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated. Attendees will be asked to show proof of vaccination when checking in at the registration desk.

What does being fully vaccinated mean?

IZFS will follow the guidelines set forth by the Canadian government with regard to what is accepted as fully vaccinated. Attendees must:

  • have received at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
    • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have received your second dose at least 14 calendar days before attending the IZFC
    • Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday, July 1, then Thursday, July 15 would be the first day that you meet the 14 day condition

What requirements does Canada have for travelers from other countries?

As of April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated individuals can travel to Canada and must use ArriveCAN to upload the documentation. Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid for more information.

Will meeting attendees need to wear masks?

Yes. As of April 1, 2022, Montreal has mandated that attendees of business events are required to wear a medical mask at all times except when eating or drinking. Regardless of the local rules, IZFS will require that masks be worn during the conference.
IZFS encourages the use of N95, KN95, or surgical masks. A limited number of masks will be available at registration for those who do not bring their own or who need a replacement.
Presenters (with the exclusion of poster presenters) may consider removing masks when presenting. This will help presenters be heard, and allows for full participation from attendees with hearing impairments (who may rely on lip-reading) while we maintain as much attendee safety as possible.

Attendees will be vaccinated, but what about others I may interact with in Montreal?

85% of Montreal residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. For the latest data on Montreal’s rates of vaccination, cases, test positivity, and deaths, please check out Canada’s COVID-19 Tracker at: https://covid19tracker.ca/

Will IZFS require a negative COVID-19 test from meeting attendees?

Not at this time. IZFS leaders will re-evaluate this as the conference approaches.

Will there be daily temperature or symptom checks for attendees?

Not at this time. All attendees will be strongly encouraged to monitor themselves for any COVID-19 symptoms and to immediately isolate and notify IZFS staff if they develop symptoms.

Will COVID-19 testing be available at the meeting?

IZFS will not be supplying at-home test kits to participants, however, attendees are encouraged to bring their own test kits or purchase them at a local pharmacy should there be any concern of developing symptoms or exposure.
However, IZFS can provide several resources for attendees who require an official negative antigen or PCR tests for international travel. These tests will come at a cost to the participant and the cost varies depending on the test:

  1. Rapid Testing Solutions – Five blocks from Centre Mont Royal, about a 7 minute walk for rapid antigen tests, $95 CND
    Rapid COVID-19 Testing (rpdtesting.com)
  2. The Montreal-Trudeau International Airport also provides testing: https://www.admtl.com/en/guide/tips/travel/covid-test

What if I am no longer comfortable attending the International Zebrafish Conference in person after I register? What if I test positive for COVID-19 or develop symptoms and cannot attend?

You may switch your in-person registration to virtual-only. IZFS will grant a refund, less the difference of the virtual only registration rate, less a 5% change fee. The change fee will also apply to any refunded meal plans or banquet tickets.
Cancellation and refund requests should be sent in writing via email to info@izfs.org. Delegates will receive a confirmation and refund within 21 days of receipt of their cancellation notice.

What will happen if an attendee tests positive for COVID-19 during or immediately after the meeting?

All attendees are strongly encouraged to immediately report to IZFS staff if they have tested positive for COVID-19. IZFS will keep the individual’s personal information confidential, but, in order to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, will share that “an attendee” has tested positive. The person will be asked to isolate immediately. IZFS will notify all other attendees about a positive case. Additional communication will be sent to anyone identified as a close contact.

Will hand sanitizer be available at the meeting?

Yes. Hand sanitizer stations will be accessible throughout the meeting space. IZFS will also provide individual bottles of hand sanitizer to meeting attendees.

Centre Mont-Royal Protocols:

  • Whenever possible access doors to meeting rooms remain open to limit contact
  • Laminated conference tables and ergonomic chairs will be cleaned and disinfected after each meeting
  • A disinfection kit will be placed at the registration table Notepads and pens will be provided upon request only
  • Disinfection stations will be installed per meeting floor
  • CMR employees will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting shared items and high touch services
  • All CMR employees and supplier partners who come into direct contact with the customer and attendees will be required to wear a face mask
  • All cutlery, crockery and cooking equipment go through a strict sanitizing process.   All cleaning and sanitizing products are guaranteed and approved by Health Canada

Will the conference practice social distancing?

IZFS will follow local guidelines, and there are currently no limits in place for business meetings related to physical distancing. However, IZFS is committed to following best practices such as maintaining a three foot distance between attendees in meeting rooms when possible.

What will happen if IZFS cannot safely hold an in-person meeting?

Meeting content will still be available. The vendors being used for the virtual component of the hybrid meeting can be used for a fully virtual meeting, should that be necessary. The virtual-only content would be both live streamed and recorded for on-demand access during and after the week of the scheduled conference.  Those registered for the in-person meeting will be refunded a portion of their registration fees, less a processing fee.

*Health and Safety Protocols are subject to local orders at the meeting site (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and may change at any time. Relevant changes will be updated on this page as well as communicated as quickly as possible with registered attendees.


By registering for the 17th International Zebrafish Conference, you are acknowledging that any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19. You further acknowledge that you will undertake all measures to protect your own health and well-being and those of others in attendance at the 17th International Zebrafish Conference, such measures include (a) maintaining social distance; (b) washing/sanitizing hands frequently; and (c) wearing a mask at all times and adhering to the guidelines, and laws, ordinances and mandates in the locale of the conference. By attending the 17th International Zebrafish Conference, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the International Zebrafish Society, Centre Mont-Royal, Omni or Delta Hotels; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.


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