It seems that the Quantopian backtesting database should contain a "market open" flag to indicate if trading was allowed for a given security during a historical calendar minute/day. Presently, there is no way to know if the market was open for trading. One application would be to do analysis of thinly traded securities (e.g. If the market was open for sid(n), did sid(n) trade?).
Along a similar vein, perhaps a "trading suspended" flag would make sense, too.