Halloween

Children are allowed to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, regardless of the alert level in the region concerned. Children must spend Halloween with people from their household only and follow the measures described in the answers to the following questions. People who have symptoms of COVID‑19 or who are required to follow self-isolating instructions must not participate in trick-or-treating.

Children must only trick or treat with members of their household and must stay in their neighbourhood, close to home. They must not go into houses. They are asked to refrain from singing or shouting in front of people who are handing out treats so as not to project droplets.

A distance of 2 metres must always be observed between people from different households. A face covering should be worn if a distance of 2 metres cannot be observed at all times.

Hands should be washed before going trick-or-treating and an alcohol-based solution should be used as needed. Children who eat treats while they are going door to door are asked to disinfect their hands with an alcohol-based solution afterwards. They should also wash their hands when they get home.

Treats should be prepared in individual bags and left where children can take them while staying two metres away from the people handing out treats. This will prevent people who are handing out treats from getting contaminated.

After children return from trick-or-treating, treats must be quarantined for a period of at least 24 hours. Children and parents could become contaminated by eating treats right after touching them. Parents are advised to prepare bags of treats themselves that their children can eat that evening.

In red zones (level 4), all indoor or outdoor gatherings, including Halloween parties, are prohibited. In other zones, people are asked to follow the guidelines for the alert level of the zone concerned on the Progressive regional alert and intervention system (COVID‑19) page.

Outdoor sports and leisure activities

The public health guidelines vary in accordance with the alert level of each region.

In green, yellow and orange zones, all indoor and outdoor sports and recreational activities carried out individually or in groups are permitted, provided that physical distancing rules and all the guidelines issued by the public health authorities are respected.

This includes public and private pools and physical fitness centres. Owners and managers of these facilities are responsible for deciding whether or not to reopen them.

It should be noted that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher when practising activities carried out indoors or in teams, regardless of the physical activity or sport in question. The risk is also higher for activities involving frequent or extended contact between players.

For regions located in red zones, no organized sports or recreational activities are permitted. This means that group activities and supervised sports or physical activities are not allowed. Only activities carried out individually or in pairs (physical distance must be respected) and individual training are allowed. Wearing a face covering is not mandatory during physical activities. All competitions are suspended, regardless of whether they are organized by schools, associations or private leagues, even for individual sports. In addition, indoor sports facilities may remain open for individual activities, but crowds are not permitted. Access to locker rooms, except pool locker rooms, is prohibited; however, washrooms remain available. Physical fitness rooms and centres are closed.

Practising recreational and sports activities is good for our health and well-being. The public health authority guidelines that must be respected in red zones are not intended to suspend activities. Rather, they aim to keep social contacts 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 informal activities individually, in pairs or together with the members of their household. Consult the resources for staying active outdoors or at home.

Activities must respect the current physical distancing measures, no matter when or where they take place. However, during a game or match in green, yellow or orange zones, individuals are permitted to make brief physical contact or come close together so long as it does not occur frequently.

The restrictions with regard to travel between regions vary in accordance with the progressive regional alert and intervention system. For more information about the rules to follow, consult the web page on the progressive regional alert and intervention system (COVID-19).

In green, yellow and orange zones, the maximum number of individuals who may gather simultaneously in one sporting venue or place varies in accordance with the progressive regional alert and intervention system.

In red zones, additional public health guidelines must be respected. For more information about the rules to follow, consult the web page on the resumption of sports, recreational and outdoor activities during COVID-19.

Team sports are permitted in accordance with the progressive regional alert and intervention system.

In red zones, additional public health guidelines must be respected. For more information about the rules to follow, consult the web page on the resumption of sports, recreational and outdoor activities during COVID-19.

Given that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher for team sports activities with opposing sides (e.g. where players who are guarding each other are more exposed), player position rotation is encouraged. Wherever possible, teams should also be composed of the same players. Lastly, the number of participants must allow for physical distancing, and certain activities must be adapted to limit prolonged contact between players.

Matches in combat sports (e.g. karate, taekwondo, boxing or judo) may resume in green, yellow and orange zones in accordance with the recommendations issued by the public health authorities.

The following rules must be followed at all times:

  • The number of training partners must be limited, specifically by creating small, stable groups of no more than four individuals.
  • Competitions are prohibited.
  • Exercises that involve direct contact should be short.
  • The length of matches must be reduced as much as possible.
  • The general health guidelines for everyone (participants, staff members, family and friends) must be strictly respected during sports activities as well as in daily life.
  • Participants are required to provide informed consent and commit to respecting the prevention measures during sports activities as well as in their daily lives.

IMPORTANT: Regions at the maximum alert level (red zone) must respect additional public health guidelines. For more information, consult the web page on the resumption of sports, recreational and outdooractivities during COVID-19.

Individuals who are at a higher risk of complications were they to contract COVID-19 (e.g. over 70 years of age, with a chronic illness, with a suppressed or weakened immune system) are encouraged to avoid travel and contact with others. If such a person still decides to participate in a gathering, they must strictly respect the health recommendations for everyone This hyperlink will open in a new window..

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.

Professional and semi-professional sporting events can only be held without spectators, whether the events are held indoors or outdoors.

IMPORTANT: In red zones, additional public health guidelines must be respected. For more information about the rules to follow, consult the web page on the resumption of sports, recreational and outdoor activities during COVID-19.

SÉPAQ

Sépaq is pleased to be able to begin gradually restoring access to its territories. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy the great outdoors to the benefit of your physical and mental health. Sépaq has implemented exceptional measures to help you get back to nature in complete safety

For full details on the resumption of activities, visit Sépaq website This hyperlink will open in a new window..

All organizations benefiting from the Festivals and Tourism Events Financial Assistance Program during the summer/fall 2020–2021 period will receive their first instalment (80% of the total grant amount) whether their activities have continued or not.

If applicable, the second instalment of up to 20% of the financial assistance will be disbursed based on the expenses incurred at the time the event is cancelled, upon receipt of supporting documents. Any amount paid in excess of the total costs incurred (including event-related expenses incurred after the cancellation date) will be recovered as required. Note that the total amount of government assistance will also be taken into account. 

As in previous years, the first payment, amounting to 80% of the financial assistance, will be disbursed after the agreement has been signed.

To take advantage of these relief measures, the promoter must have obtained financial assistance through the Festivals and Tourism Events Financial Assistance Program for a festival or an event to be held between May 1 and October 31, 2020. These ad hoc measures have been adopted due to the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events that were scheduled to take place in March and April 2020, but were cancelled due to COVID-19 will also benefit from these measures.

The second instalment of up to 20% of the financial assistance will be disbursed based on the expenses incurred at the time the event is cancelled, upon receipt of supporting documents. Any amount paid in excess of the total costs incurred (including event-related expenses incurred after the cancellation date) will be recovered as required. Note that the total amount of government assistance will also be taken into account.

Financial assistance applications are still being reviewed in spite of the pandemic. You should get a response within the next few weeks.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Communications Department of Ministère du Tourisme is not calling for the negotiation of a new visibility agreement. If the festival or event is held, last year’s visibility agreement will apply. If financial assistance is being provided for the first time, the Communications Department will contact the festival or event promoter to reach a verbal visibility agreement.

The financial assistance granted applies only to costs incurred for the 2020 edition, whether the event is cancelled or not. 

Promoters will be able to submit new financial assistance applications for 2021 events this fall.

All organizations benefiting from Ministère du Tourisme’s Festivals and Tourism Events Financial Assistance Program during the 2020–2021 summer/fall period will receive their first instalment (80% of the total grant amount) whether their activities have continued or not, up to the actual costs incurred.

If applicable, the second instalment of up to 20% of the financial assistance will be disbursed based on the expenses incurred at the time the event is cancelled, upon receipt of supporting documents. Any amount paid in excess of the total costs incurred (including event-related expenses incurred after the cancellation date) will be recovered as required. Note that the total amount of government assistance will also be taken into account.

If you purchased tickets for an event that was cancelled as a result of a government order related to COVID-19, the merchant is normally required to reimburse you. The merchant may also offer a new date for the event. You are free to accept or decline this offer.

Also, you have the right to cancel ticket purchases made online, by phone or by mail, including through a reseller, if the event is no longer taking place.

For more information, visit the Office de la protection du consommateur This hyperlink will open in a new window. website.

Yes, they are authorized. However, all instructions concerning gatherings in public places must be observed.

What is more, when a meal is served, the rules enacted for the food service industry apply. Dining rooms and terraces can be made accessible. They must be organized to ensure that customers remain 2 metres apart, except in the case of the occupants of the same private residence or if a physical barrier that limits the contagion separates them. Buffet and self-serve meals must be avoided.

The instructions vary from one region to another depending on the alert level in force. To obtain additional information, please consult the map of COVID-19 alert levels by region.

The promoters who organize outdoor activities must ensure compliance with the following health measures:

  • control entrances and exits; 
  • always ensure that the number of people present does not exceed 250; 
  • promote the maintenance of a distance of 2 metres between participants.

If a festival proposes more than one site, the sites must be separate and non-contiguous, with separate access and waiting areas.

Promoters who organize indoor activities must ensure compliance with all instructions This hyperlink will open in a new window. from public health authorities concerning gatherings in indoor public spaces:

  • control entrances and exits;
  • always ensure that the number of people present does not exceed 250;
  • make mandatory the use of face coverings for everyone 12 years of age and over;
  • promote the maintenance of a distance of:
    • 2 metres between participants when they are standing up;
    • 1.5 metres between participants when they are seated in auditoriums or film theatres, except for individuals from the same household.

Seated spectators can remove their masks or face coverings but must put them on when moving around.