Outdoor sports and leisure activities

Practising recreational and sports activities is good for our health and well-being. The public health authority guidelines that must be respected are not intended to suspend activities. Rather, they aim to keep physical contact to a minimum during organized activities in order to limit the spread of the virus and protect everyone’s health. Over the coming weeks, Quebecers are encouraged to stay in shape by carrying out physical, sports, recreational and outdoor activities. Consult the resources for staying active outdoors or at home.

Travel between regions is not recommended. Travelling to yellow zones is not permitted.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the  Alert levels map.

Individuals who are at a higher risk of suffering from complications related to COVID-19 (e.g. individuals over 65 years of age, those with a chronic illness, those with a suppressed or weakened immune system) are encouraged to avoid travel and contact with others. If an individual at higher risk still decides to participate in an activity, they must strictly follow the health recommendations for everyone.

Yes. It is recommended that the accompanying party be an individual residing under the same roof. If not, it is recommended that an accompanied person with a disability have their Companion Leisure Card (CLC) with them as a supporting document justifying their need for assistance. If physical distancing rules cannot be observed, the accompanying party must wear protective equipment.

Some individuals may be allowed to remove a face covering when carrying out high-intensity activities as part of a pair (e.g. tandem cycling team, visually impaired runner and their guide), provided the following conditions apply:

  • Neither of the two individuals exhibits symptoms nor has been instructed to self-isolate.
  • Neither of the two individuals has a chronic health condition or immunodeficiency that might put them at risk of complications if they were to contract COVID-19.
  • Neither of the two individuals is older than 70 years of age.
  • The respiratory hygiene (e.g. coughing or sneezing into elbow, wearing a mask during low-intensity activities), and hand hygiene (e.g. frequent handwashing before and after an activity) measures must be strictly respected.
  • Both individuals must avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Both individuals must be aware that the risks of transmitting or contracting COVID-19 are higher when they carry out such activities, due to the close proximity between them, the fact that they are not able to wear a mask or face covering, and the fact that the dispersal of droplets is more frequent during physical activity. During tandem cycling activities, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is greater for the person with a visual impairment seated in the back than for the guide in the front.
  • The pair should remain the same at all times, meaning that the individual who requires assistance should carry out their activities with the same guide or accompanying party.

Yes, it is permitted to participate in outdoor physical activities provided that a minimum distance of at least 2 metres is maintained between individuals from different households at all times. The number of people permitted and the conditions under which activities are carried out may vary depending on the alert level.

Competitions are still not permitted. No spectators are allowed.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

It is permitted to practise indoor activities provided that a minimum distance of at least 2 metres is maintained between individuals, except for individuals from the same household. The types of facilities that are open, the number of people permitted and the conditions under which activities are carried out may vary depending on the alert level.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

Physical fitness centres (gyms) may open in accordance with the regional alert level. The activities permitted and the conditions for carrying them out may vary. Physical distancing guidelines must be followed at all times. Assistance that requires close contact is not permitted except between people from the same household. A compulsory, daily sign-in record must be kept. In orange zone, it is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering at all times.

For more information about the rules to follow, consult the Alert levels map.

Yes. Indoor and outdoor hotel swimming pools may open in red, orange and yellow zones. It is up to hotel owners to allow guests access to these facilities in compliance with the local health guidelines in effect. 

At this time, indoor sites used for bowling or to play darts, billiards or other similar games may open in yellow zones only. It is up to the owners of these establishments to allow patrons access to these facilities in compliance with the local health guidelines in effect. 

In red and orange zones, amusement centres and indoor parks, recreation centres (arcades, escape rooms, paintball, laser tag, Ninja Warrior courses, mini‑golf, trampoline centres and other similar establishments) must remain closed for the time being.

In yellow zones, certain establishments may reopen and certain activities may resume, on the condition that each space is able to allow for physical distancing guidelines to be followed: indoor activities at thematic sites, amusement centres and parks, recreation centres and water parks. These sites may admit only users from regions with an alert level that is the same as or lower than their own. A record must be kept of the names, telephone numbers and, if available, email addresses of every user admitted to the site. Users must be willing and able to release this information and to provide proof that it is accurate.

The Québec government is not responsible for conducting COVID‑19 tests in preparation for travel or sports competitions abroad, in other Canadian provinces (with the exception of New Brunswick) or for travel between regions.

Although some countries or organizations require a medical certificate or COVID‑19 test upon an athlete’s arrival, these conditions are not one of the circumstances that provide access to the test in Québec. Therefore, these certificates are not covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

Tests for these purposes must be conducted in private clinics and analyzed in private laboratories. Please refer to the list of private laboratories recognized by the public health authorities for the purposes of providing these certificates:

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