Any person who has frequented a public place must monitor their symptoms and comply with the following health instructions.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands often with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds, especially when you come in from outside. Consult the hand washing techniques as needed.

Disinfect your hands with an alcohol-based solution if you do not have access to water and soap.

Cover your face

Mask wearing or face covering is mandatory for people aged 10 and over in public transit and in most closed or partly covered public places.

For all the details, consult Wearing a mask or a face covering in public settings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cough into your elbow

When you cough or sneeze:

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your arm to reduce the spread of germs.

If you use a tissue paper, dispose of it as soon as possible and then wash your hands.

Every person has a role to play to reduce the risks of spreading the virus. See the page Preventing transmission of viruses and bacteria.

Keep your distance

Whenever possible, stay at least 2 metres apart (about 6 feet) from other people who do not live in the same household as you. If that is not possible, wear a mask.  

If you are sick, avoid contact with other people, particularly with more vulnerable people, including people aged 70 or over, people with a weakened immune system and people with a chronic disease.

Avoid direct contact for greetings, such as handshaking, and instead use alternative practices.

Limit your travel

Restrictions apply for travel between cities and regions. See the measures in force to find out what travel is permitted.

If you are planning a trip in Québec, in Canada or abroad, observe the instructions for travellers.

To learn about the health measures to follow when you go to the grocery store, consult the video Conseils d’hygiène à l’épicerie et pour les fruits et légumes This hyperlink will open in a new window. (Health tips at the grocery store and for fruits and vegetables – available in French only).

Instructions specific to your situation

In addition to the basic instructions, you may have to take additional actions to stay healthy and to protect your loved ones. Consult the page that corresponds to your situation for more information.

Parents of children aged 0 to 17 years


Persons with cancer

Persons with chronic diseases or with a weakened immune system

Smoking and vaping

Pregnancy, childbearing and postnatal care during the pandemic

COVID-19 and sexual contact

Information for persons with disabilities

Posters illustrating the 5 principal health instructions This hyperlink will open in a new window. are available in a number of languages.