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.

These relaxed measures only apply for sports and recreational activities carried out by the general public and do not affect the guidelines specific to schools.

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. Outdoor amateur sports and recreation activities, including classes and guided workouts, are allowed in public spaces for groups of not more than 50 people, excluding officials, staff, and volunteers.

As much as possible, physical distancing guidelines must be respected during sports and physical activities. Participants can come into contact or be in close proximity, if this is done briefly and infrequently.

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 1 metre is maintained between individuals, except for individuals from the same household and the green zone where brief contact is permitted. The types of facilities that are open, the number of people permitted and the conditions under which activities are carried out, particularly the guidelines concerning wearing face coverings, may vary depending on the alert level.

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

Wearing a mask or face covering is not mandatory while practising sports and recreational activities, both outdoors and indoors, for anyone aged 10 and over, in the following situations:

  • when an activity is carried out by members of the same household, who may be joined by one additional person including that person’s children, thereby creating a stable group (for example, this could be a couple not residing at the same address)
  • when a physical distance of 1 metre is maintained throughout an activity between participants from different households
  • when individuals are seated at least 1 metre away from each other (does not apply to indoor activities)
  • when individuals are swimming or carrying out other water-based activities

A physical distance of 1 metre must be maintained at all times between individuals from different households.

However, for high intensity exercise in gyms, the distance of 2 meters must be maintained.

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: