Travel between regions and cities

At present, access is allowed to all regions of Québec, with the exception of the following territories:

  • the Cree Territory of James Bay;
  • Nunavik.

A reopening plan will be announced at a later date for the territories of Nunavik and the Cree Territory of James Bay.

Despite the reopening of most of the regions, every person is requested, as much as possible, to avoid travelling from one region to another or from one city to another.

  • A person whose presence is required under an order issued in a court judgment.
  • A person who is travelling for humanitarian reasons.
  • A person who is travelling to receive health care.
  • A person authorized by a public health director; a  person authorized to act on behalf of a public health director;  physicians.
  • A person who resides in the region.
  • A person transporting goods that are needed for priority services.

Strictly forbidden in all cases if the person has symptoms of COVID-19.

Yes, a parent can go to one of these regions to respect the conditions of shared custody, as indicated for example in a judgment rendered by the court or an access agreement.

In the case of an out-of-court agreement between the parents, the police at the checkpoint will evaluate the situation and authorize access on a case-by-case basis.

In case of doubt, contact the Clinique d’assistance juridique COVID-19 set up by the Québec Ministère de la Justice and the Barreau du Québec, at 1-866-699-9729.

Yes, with proof of residence. However, if the person has symptoms of COVID-19, they will have to self-isolate for 14 days in a place indicated by the quarantine officer or another authority.

Yes, visiting a family member in hospital at end-of-life is considered a humanitarian situation. However, the trip will not be allowed if the person displays COVID-19 symptoms.

Before travelling, make sure the hospital will authorize the visit.

Yes, parcel delivery is considered a priority service. However, delivery persons must not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Means of transportation

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 are advised not to use public transit, the subway or taxis to get around, including to or from a medical appointment.

They should use a private car. If this is not possible, they may take a taxi to avoid using public transit. The following preventive measures must be rigorously applied:

  • If possible, take taxis with interior surfaces that can be cleaned and disinfected easily (for example, vinyl instead of fabric) and where passengers can sit at least 2 metres away from the driver (for example, a van).
  • Before getting into the taxi, they must wash their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub, such as Purell® or Bacti Control®.
  • Sit as far as possible from the driver.
  • Wear a mask at all times while in the taxi. If the person does not have a mask, they should cover their mouth and nose with a paper tissue or handkerchief.
  • Open the vehicle’s windows, weather permitting.

  • Use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean their hands after blowing their nose.
  • Limit contact with the interior surfaces of the taxi.

Taxi drivers should wash their hands regularly with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds:

  • before eating;
  • before smoking;
  • after going to the toilet;
  • after blowing their nose;
  • wash their hands or use an alcohol-based hand rub, such as Purell® or Bacti Control®, after dropping off someone who is sick or has symptoms of COVID-19.

Drivers should also follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a face covering (mandatory starting on July 13, 2020).
  • Have alcohol-based hand rub or antiseptic wipes on hand at all times.
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Keep cleaning products in taxis and wash the cleaning product containers every day.
  • Have paper tissues available in the taxi for customers.
  • Clean and disinfect the most frequently used equipment, such as the steering wheel and door handles, several times every day.
  • Disinfect surfaces the person who is sick or who has symptoms of COVID-19 touched or might have touched.
  • Drivers who have symptoms of COVID-19 should not work.

Public transit services continue to operate and are an essential service to enable staff in the health and social services network to travel.

Québec transit authorities have increased the frequency of maintenance of their vehicles and facilities.

Wearing a face covering, also known as a homemade mask, will be mandatory on public transit from July 13, 2020 for people age 12 and over. Children under 12 years of age, people whose particular medical condition prevents them from wearing a mask and people who are unable to put on or take off a mask by themselves do not have to wear a face covering on public transit. However, for children between 2 and 12 years of age, wearing a face covering or mask is recommended.

Users are still advised to follow the usual health advice and to maintain as far as possible a distance of 2 metres from the other people present.

Moreover, they are asked, as far as possible, to modify their usual schedules to limit rush-hour crowds in mass transit systems.

It is also important to wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds before and after using public transit.

Yes, but alone. However, the same instructions pertaining to travel apply, that is, such travel must be confined to medical reasons and to go to work when teleworking is impossible.

The use of ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) and dirt bikes is allowed throughout Québec. However, you must comply with the health recommendations prescribed by the public health authorities. You must also comply with the safety rules for the use of an all-terrain vehicle This hyperlink will open in a new window. and adopt good behaviour in order to reduce the risk of accidents on the paths.

Since it is difficult to stay 2 metres apart in a vehicle, ridesharing with someone who does not live at the same address as you to get to work is not recommended.

If there is no alternative to ridesharing, it is preferable for the passenger to sit in the back of the vehicle. It is also important to follow the health recommendations for everyone, avoid sharing items and to disinfect any surfaces the passenger touched after the work day. Wearing a face covering, also called a homemade mask, is strongly recommended when it is not possible to keep a distance of 2 metres from other people. If you have to rideshare, try to do it with the same person every time and keep the number of people in the car to a minimum.

Yes, while ensuring that you comply with the health recommendations. Note that persons who provide those types of services must also follow the Interim Recommendations for Drivers in the Taxi and Ride-sharing Industry, such as UBER or The Volunteer Bureau/Transportation (CAB) and Paratransit This hyperlink will open in a new window. issued by the INSPQ.

Wearing a face covering, also known as a homemade mask, will be mandatory on public transit from July 13, 2020 for people age 12 and over. Children under 12 years of age, people whose particular medical condition prevents them from wearing a mask and people who are unable to put on or take off a mask by themselves do not have to wear a face covering on public transit. However, for children between 2 and 12 years of age, wearing a face covering or mask is recommended.

Based on current knowledge, COVID-19 can be transmitted by persons who are asymptomatic, but carry the disease. Consequently, preventive measures are recommended at all times. Consult the Interim Recommendations for Drivers in the Taxi and Ride-sharing Industry, such as UBER or The Volunteer Bureau/Transportation (CAB) and Paratransit This hyperlink will open in a new window. issued by the INSPQ.

In view of current knowledge, the use of partitions to separate passengers in the front and back of a vehicle and to separate two passengers on the rear seat appears to be a relevant option to prevent the spread of COVID-19 between persons. The use of partitions made of flexible material is preferable. To find out more, consult the Propositions quant à l’utilisation de cloisons à l’intérieur des voitures This hyperlink will open in a new window. (in French only) issued by the INSPQ.

Moving

Given the current situation, public health authorities recommend suspending apartment viewings for now. If, despite this, you want to show an apartment, you must take precautions. First, it is important to postpone all viewings of apartments where the tenants have COVID-19 or are self-isolating because they have flu-like symptoms or have returned from travelling. You must take the following measures before the viewing:

  • provide any relevant information about the apartments to the viewers to make sure of their interest;
  • make sure that viewers have not been travelling in the last 14 days and do not have any flu-like symptoms;
  • ask viewers to wash their hands before they enter apartments;

You must take the following measures during the viewing:

  • limit the number of people, preferably to one viewer at a time;
  • keep the viewing as short as possible;
  • ask everyone who is there to keep at least one to two metres apart;
  • ask viewers not to touch anything in the apartments;

After each viewing, it is important to disinfect all the doorknobs in the apartments.

Moving companies are included on the list of priority services and activities. Moreover, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec has issued temporary recommendations for movers This hyperlink will open in a new window. to prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19.

If you cannot rely on movers and must obtain help for your move, it is possible to call on your loved ones while abiding by certain criteria.

First, make sure that no one displays COVID-19 symptoms, has returned from a trip within the past 14 days or has been in contact with infected individuals.

You must also limit as much as possible the number of people present and the duration of their presence. As far as possible, always remain 2 metres from each other.

Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Abide by the other basic health recommendations: avoid direct contact when greeting other people, such as shaking hands; cough into the crook of your elbow; avoid touching your face; and so on.

Yes, if the person who is moving is settling in his principal residence and does not display any COVID-19 symptoms.

Moving companies are considered priority services. However, moving employees cannot carry out their work if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

The Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ) has put online a guide to good health practices to be adopted by tenants who must move soon.

The document emphasizes the precautionary measures to be taken to avoid the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, it offers tips to be followed before, during and after a move and indicates other sources of government information related to moving.

The guide is available free of charge on the SHQ website This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Gatherings and audiences

A gathering is when 2 or more people who do not live at the same address get together.

Since August 3, 2020, the maximum number of people allowed in some indoor public places is 250.

Since August 5, 2020, the maximum number of people allowed in some outdoor public places is also 250.

In places where there is more movement, such as common areas or queues, people still have to keep 2 metres apart. In these circumstances, wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory indoors for people age 12 and over and is recommended outdoors. The health recommendations must also be followed.

For all the measures to follow, see the Gatherings and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic page.

No. Voluntarily exposing your child to someone who has COVID‑19 is not recommended. While it is true that many children only develop mild symptoms, we know very little about the virus. It is impossible to guarantee that your child will be protected against COVID‑19 after having the disease or to predict how long they would be protected for.

Weather permitting, outdoor gatherings are allowed and are preferable. Indoor gatherings are allowed throughout the territory of Québec. Gatherings, be they indoor or outdoor, are however allowed provided the following measures are observed:

  • gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people. Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that they include people from no more than 3 households. Remember that people who live at the same address form a household.
  • a distance of at least 2 metres must be kept between people who are not from the same household. If the recommended physical distance cannot be maintained, the number of guests must be reduced.
  • the use of a mask or face covering is strongly recommended when it is not possible to keep a distance of 2 metres from other people.
  • people who have been diagnosed with COVID‑19, who are waiting on a result, who have symptoms of COVID‑19 or who were told to self-isolate must not participate in a gathering. This applies to the person hosting a gathering, guests and people who live in the same household.
  • the person hosting the gathering and guests must follow the health recommendations for everyone.

People who are more at risk of developing complications if they catch COVID‑19, that is, people who are 70 years of age or older, people who have chronic diseases or a weakened or compromised immune system, are advised to limit their movements and avoid contact with other people. If a person who is at risk nonetheless decides to participate in a gathering, they must rigorously follow the health recommendations for everyone.

For all the recommendations to follow during a gathering, see the Gatherings during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

We are asking people in this situation to cooperate and use their judgement. The answer to this question depends on a number of factors: do the people live alone, are they still working, etc.

If they decide to see each other, they must make sure:

  • they have both followed and are following the health recommendations for everyone issued by the public health authorities;
  • they are both healthy or are not vulnerable (e.g., chronically ill or 70 years of age or older);
  • neither of them has symptoms of fever, new or worse cough, difficulty breathing or sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose, with or without loss of taste;
  • neither of them have been told to self-isolate;
  • neither of them live with a vulnerable person (e.g., chronically ill or 70 years of age or older).

If partners cannot see each other, they are advised to stay in touch by using other ways of communicating (telephone calls, text messages, social media, digital photos, arranging a time to say hello from their balcony, dinner for two by Skype or another platform, etc.).

People who do not live together must avoid close physical contact (less than 2 metres), including sexual contact. This applies to all sexual partners who do not live together, irrespective of whether they are new, occasional or regular partners. Despite the gradual deconfinement, this measure must always be respected.

Group bike rides are still not allowed.

Even if cyclists want to follow the 2-metre physical distancing rule, it might be difficult to do so all the time, since the distance between cyclists changes constantly depending on their speed and road conditions. In addition, at this time, there are few studies to support or refute the safety of riding 2 metres apart.

Therefore, it is preferable not to go on group rides.

Garage sales are allowed if they are held on private property. However, the rules for gatherings during the COVID‑19 pandemic must be followed. Since it is private property, there cannot be more than 10 people at a time and a distance of 2 metres must be maintained between people. Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that they include people from no more than 3 households.

Co-ownership

Under order 2020-029 of April 26, 2020, it is possible to hold any meeting, session, or assembly that must be held in person, including meetings of co-owners and meetings of the board of directors of a co-ownership, using technological means that allow all participants to communicate immediately with each other.

Where, in accordance with the law, a secret ballot is requested by a member of the assembly, it may be conducted by any means of communication agreed upon by all participants, including by telephone, email, or any other means allowing members to convey their votes to the person in charge of the vote. Thus, where all members concur, it is not necessary that the means used for the secret ballot fully preserve its secrecy or allow it to be subsequently verified.

In the absence of such a consensus, the secret ballot must be conducted by any means that both collects the votes in such a way that they can be subsequently verified and preserves their secret nature. An example of such a means would be a web-based survey platform created specifically for this purpose on which votes can be counted while maintaining the anonymity of the voters. On the other hand, forwarding votes to a voting official by any means in which members can be identified, such as personal email, does not maintain secrecy.

Procedural debates arising from the use of such means at the meeting may be mediated by the chairperson of the meeting.

The means used must allow the members of the assembly of co-owners or the board of directors to communicate directly with each other and to vote orally. For example, a co-owner could organize an assembly of co-owners by videoconference or by telephone.

Yes, order 2020-029 of April 26, 2020 applies "despite any stipulation to the contrary," which includes the provisions of a co-ownership agreement that could be contrary to it.

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