Because of the recent changes in the epidemiological situation, all of Québec, except the Cree Territory of James Bay and Nunavik, will be on Maximum Alert (red zone) from January 9 up to and including February 8, 2021.

Measures in force

Indoor or outdoor visitors to homes and cottages


  • visitors from another address


  • one visitor from another address for single individuals (the same person to limit social contacts)
  • one informal caregiver
  • individuals offering services or support
  • labour for planned work

Indoor or outdoor private gatherings



As of Saturday, January 9, 2021, a curfew will be in effect. Between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Quebecers must not leave their homes except in cases that justify travel.

Allowed exceptions:

  • A person whose presence is required at the person’s place of work or who is transporting goods needed for the ongoing activities of the person’s enterprise;
  • A person who is going to a pharmacy to obtain medication or pharmaceutical, hygienic or sanitary products;
  • A person who must go to or return from a hospital, a clinic, or a dentist’s or optometrist’s office;
  • A person who must visit  a sick or injured parent;
  • A student who must participate in a face-to-face evening class or go to a laboratory in a recognized school;
  • A parent who must accompany his or her children to the home of the other parent who has custody of them;
  • A person who, for final travel to the person’s destination, must take an inter-regional or inter-provincial bus, a train, a plane or a boat providing ferry service on the Matane Baie-Comeau-Godbout, Harrington Harbour-Chevery, Rivière Saint‑Augustin or Île d’Entrée-Cap-aux-Meules route, or a maritime service to Île‑de‑la‑Madeleine, Île d’Anticosti or the Lower North Shore operated by the Société des traversiers du Québec;
  • A person who must go out so that his dog can do its business, within a radius of no more than one kilometre from the person’s place of residence or temporary residence;
  • A person who must travel in order to comply with a court judgment, to respond to a summons to appear before a court, or to exercise custody or access rights as a parent;
  • A person who must accompany to a medical appointment another person who is unable to drive;
  • A parent who must accompany a sick child to the hospital;
  • A person travelling to give blood under the supervision of Héma-Québec;
  • A parent who must accompany an adolescent to his work.

Police officers will continue to ensure compliance with health measures and can intervene when individuals are outside their homes during curfew hours. Offenders are liable to fines ranging from $1 000 to $6 000 if they are unable to adequately justify why they are outside the home. Young people 14 years of age and over are subject to a $500 fine.

To enable individuals who are travelling during the curfew because of their work to readily demonstrate that such travel is legitimate, employers are asked to complete the Employer Attestation Concerning Travel During the Curfew Decreed by the Gouvernement du Québec.

Download the attestation

Assistance and resources in cases of conjugal violence

The lockdown and curfew must not prevent victims of conjugal violence from leaving an environment where they feel they are in danger. If you are a victim of conjugal violence or if you know someone who is, help and resources are available to you.

To find out about the types of assistance and resources available, go to the Conjugal Violence page.

Educational childcare services (daycare centres) and family services

All childcare services can accommodate the maximum number of children stipulated on their permit.

Home childcare services can accommodate the usual number of children stipulated in their current recognition of services.

Educational childcare services will be closed only in the event of an outbreak in the establishment declared by public health authorities.

Attendance in childcare services is optional. Children cannot lose their places, even if they do not attend the childcare service. Childcare expenses remain in force and must be covered by parents whether or not their children attend the service.

Community-based family organizations and community drop-in daycare centres can remain open, but only for emergency purposes.

Community social pediatric centres can continue to offer their full range of services.

Travel between regions and cities

Not recommended (except for essential travel, students, workers, shared custody, freight transportation).

Preschool and elementary education

Preschool and elementary school students will resume classes on January 11, according to the school calendar.

Only one stable classroom group at all times without physical distancing measures.

Students from different stable classroom groups must remain 2 metres apart. Students and staff must remain 2 metres apart. When this is not possible, staff must wear personal protective equipment (PPE). All students must wear face covers at all times in corridors and common areas. The use of procedure masks by staff is mandatory. The use by grade 5 and grade 6 students of face covers is mandatory.

Preschoolers do not have to wear face covers.

Extracurricular activities are suspended.

School outings and inter-school activities are suspended.

Specific pedagogical projects are maintained in stable classroom groups. If impossible, students not from the same stable classroom group must always stay 2 metres apart and health rules must be rigorously observed.

The loan and rental of school premises are suspended except for childcare service or for the mandataries of specific pedagogical projects.

All school staff must always wear a procedure mask or a surgical mask in indoor and outdoor common areas.

Visitors to the school must be kept to a minimum.

Childcare services must be organized in a spirit of respect for stable classroom groups or sub-groups must be established that observe physical distancing.

Lunch with students from a stable classroom group.

Secondary education

Secondary school students will stay home, and distance learning services will be offered according to the normal schedule up to and including January 15, 2021, according to the school calendar. Students will resume classes on January 18, 2021.

All students must always wear procedure masks in the school. The use by staff of procedure masks is mandatory in all common areas except in the classroom if a distance of 2 metres is maintained from students. Students and teachers will receive two procedure masks daily. Extracurricular activities are suspended.

School outings and inter-school activities are suspended.

Specific pedagogical projects are maintained in stable classroom groups. If impossible, students not from the same stable classroom group must always stay 2 metres apart and health rules must be rigorously observed.

The loan and rental of school premises are suspended.

All school staff must always wear a procedure mask in indoor and outdoor common areas.

Visitors to the school must be kept to a minimum.

Lunch with the stable classroom group.

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will attend class one day in two. This does not apply to disabled students or students experiencing adjustment or learning difficulties attending a specialized school, a special class, or the Work-Oriented Training Pathway.

Optional class carried out in a spirit of respect for physical distancing of 2 metres when the students do not come from the same stable classroom group or distance-learning course.

Adult education and vocational training

Students will resume classes on January 18, 2021.

The use by all students at all times of procedure masks is mandatory in the school. Students and teachers must always maintain physical distancing of 2 metres. If it is impossible to do so, the students and teachers must use personal protective equipment (PPE). 

Staff must always wear procedure masks except in the classroom, where they must maintain a distance of 2 metres from their students.

Emphasize distance training for study programs best suited to it.

Internships and laboratories are maintained.

Priority is given to maintaining a physical presence in the classroom for students who are at risk of dropping out or who have specific needs.

Extracurricular activities and educational outings are suspended.

Higher education

A maximum of distance teaching activities.

Classroom activities are permitted if the student’s presence is essential to acquire or evaluate knowledge.

Internships and laboratories are maintained.

Libraries remain open solely for the use of the circulation desk and access to individual workspaces.

In-person socio-cultural activities are suspended.

Recreation and sports

Travel to or from a red zone is not recommended.

Informal outdoor recreational and sports activities (e.g. walking, cross-country skiing, skating) are permitted, provided the guidelines issued by the public health authorities are respected. However, these activities must only be carried out individually or with members of the same household.

Downhill ski resorts will remain open, but until February 8, inclusive, those offering night-skiing must cease activities at 7:30 p.m. in order to respect the curfew.

At outdoor sites with controlled access, the number of visitors permitted must be managed.

At outdoor sites with open access, the visitor capacity must be indicated along with a reminder concerning applicable public health guidelines.

Indoor recreational and sports activities are prohibited as of January 9, 2021, except for physical education classes and specific programs in schools, the training of identified athletes, and professional sports that have obtained an authorization from public health authorities.

CHSLDs, RIs for seniors with 20 or more residents and RPAs (COVID-19)

Consult the Measures that apply to CHSLDs, RIs and RPAs page to find out about the mesures that apply to different situations.

Visits for humanitarian purposes allowed.

Visits by informal caregivers :

  • one caregiver per day;
  • maximum of two caregivers can be identified by the resident to have access to the facility during the confinement period.

Closing of non-priority commercial enterprises

Non-priority commercial enterprises must close until February 8, 2021. Enterprises authorized to pursue their activities must offer only essential goods and services.

On-site pickup will still be allowed. Accordingly, products can be purchased online and delivered or picked up on site without entering the commercial enterprises, bearing in mind the health recommendations.

As of January 9, 2021, to comply with the 8 p.m. curfew, all commercial enterprises must close their doors not later than 7:30 p.m.

During the curfew, pharmacies and service stations will remain open on the same schedule as usual. Pharmacies will be allowed to sell only medication and essential products such as pharmaceutical, hygienic or sanitary products. Service stations will be allowed to sell only food, non-alcoholic drinks, fuel and products for road vehicles. In other words, service stations are not authorized to sell tobacco products or alcoholic products during the curfew.

Manufacturers and construction companies

Activities reduced to a minimum to complete commitments. Teleworking is mandatory when possible and shifts must be adjusted to limit the staff present at any time on production and construction sites.

The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) will step up its initiatives in the workplace to ensure compliance with health recommendations.

Office space

In all regions, teleworking is mandatory for people working in offices from December 17, 2020 up to and including February 8, 2021, except for workers whose public- or private-sector employers deem their presence necessary to pursue the organization’s activities.


Dining rooms are closed

Delivery, takeout, and drive-through orders only. Only delivery will be possible during the curfew.

Bars, brasseries, taverns, and casinos


Microbreweries and distilleries are closed solely for on-site food or beverage consumption services

Activities organized in a public place

Prohibited, except for funerals (a maximum of 25 people excluding the staff of the funeral establishment and volunteers inside or outside the building, and a record of attendance is mandatory). Moreover, no food or alcohol can be served.

Demonstrations are permitted but wearing masks or face covers is always mandatory.

Audiences in indoor public places

Auditoriums, cinemas, theatres, and museums are closed.

Circulation desks and workspaces in libraries are open.

Personal and beauty care services

Services are closed until February 8, 2021

Saunas and spas are closed, except for massage therapy provided there

Private professional and health services

Open only for services that require an individual’s presence

Community organizations

Services maintained

Other long-term measures

Broader police interventions

Offence reports and fines will be issued to individuals who fail to comply with the measures