Activities are gradually resuming in Québec, with the consent and collaboration of public health authorities. The reopenings are occurring in phases, depending on the type of activities and the geographic zone. The government has published the document Deconfinement planning subject to changes in the pandemic (PDF 1.98 Mb).
To limit risks linked with the virus’ spread, it is essential to continue to follow health recommendations:
- wash your hands;
- cough and sneeze into your elbow;
- always stay at least 2 metres away from other people.
When it is impossible to maintain a distance of 2 metres between people, the use of a face cover is strongly recommended.
Businesses that can maintain teleworking among their employees are urged to do so.
It is important for workers and employers to work in healthy, safe workplaces. To support them with respect to occupational health and safety, the CNESST is proposing tools for different economic sectors.
Resumption of outdoor sports and leisure activities
Starting from June 8, all individual and group sports, open air and leisure activities that take place outdoors will be permitted, provided that the physical distancing rules and all other guidelines issued by the public health authorities are followed.
For the present, group sports will have to be practiced in a “training” mode only, with no contact. Matches and local competitions may potentially resume around the end of June, depending on how the situation develops. Further announcements will be made at a later date.
Supervised individual and group activities, such as yoga and guided open air excursions, are now also permitted.
This phase of the resumption also includes local competitions for activities carried out individually or in pairs, provided these activities allow the 2-metre physical distance between individuals to be respected.
Depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation, local competitions for group activities that allow for the 2-metre physical distance between individuals to be respected, may resume at the end of June under new guidelines.
The government has also authorized the reopening of outdoor public spaces, such as outdoor public or private pools, the sanitary blocks of these facilities, outdoor exercise equipment available for public use and play structures in public parks, including splash pads. This authorization is valid throughout the summer in all regions of Québec.
To view the list of activities permitted, visit the Resumption of sports and leisure activities page.
Resumption of the activities of certain tourist accommodation establishment and marinas
Since June 1, 2020, marinas and certain categories of tourist accommodation establishments can resume their operations under certain conditions.
To find out about the conditions, please visit the Tourism industry support page (in French only) and frequently asked questions on the topic.
The Gouvernement du Québec authorizes many insitutions in the cultural sector to reopen gradually.
In addition, the government has adopted a recovery plan to stimulate creation and the offering of Québec cultural products available. The amounts invested aim to ensure that this sector will resume its activities on a sustainable basis and regain its place as an engine of economic and social development. For information on all the measures, please visit www.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/PlanRelanceCulture (in French only).
Libraries and museums
Since May 29, 2020, public libraries and museums can open throughout Québec. In the case of public libraries, only document lending services are available. Access to shelves and to common areas will continue to be prohibited.
For information on the sanitary measures that these institutions must respect, please consult the Guide de normes sanitaires en milieu de travail pour les institutions muséales et les bibliothèques (in French only).
Drive-in movie theatres
Since May 29, 2020, drive-in movie theatres can resume their activities, provided that:
- the passengers in each vehicle are all members of the same household;
- physical distancing of 2 metres between vehicles is maintained if passengers remain in their cars. If passengers are allowed to sit outside their vehicles, the 2-metre distance must be kept between all people who are not passengers of the same vehicle;
- restaurant services are not provided, except for take-out orders;
- play areas are closed;
- enough drive-in employees are present to enforce the physical distancing directives;
- the COVID-19 prevention measures in the workplace recommended by the INSPQ are applied.
Performance halls, music and sound recording studios
Since June 1, 2020, the Gouvernement du Québec authorizes the resumption of activities by music and sound recording studios, as well as the filming and recording of performances without an audience.
These activities may resume on condition of compliance with the general workplace measures recommended by public health officials, provided that a distance of 2 metres is kept between people on stage or in studio.
Starting from june 8, 2020, audiovisual production activities may resume. However, it will be necessary to comply with the health rules established by the public health authorities and the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). These rules are set out in the following guide: Guide de normes sanitaires en milieu de travail pour la production audiovisuelle COVID-19 (in French only), which was developed in collaboration with the management and labour union organizations in the sector.
Day Camps and summer camps
The Gouvernement du Québec authorizes the day camps available throughout the territory to open for the summer, starting from June 22.
However, the municipalities and organizations responsible for holding the day camps will have to arrange for activities that foster compliance with the distancing rule, and that enable the enforcement of stricter hygiene measures.
For summer camps, since they require additional measures to be applied that will be difficult to respect, the opening of camps of this type is postponed until the summer of 2021. However, in order to provide some respite for families and natural caregivers, assessments are under way to examine the possibility of allowing specialized residential camps for persons with disabilities to operate during the summer of 2020.
For information about the health measures that will have to be implemented at day camps, please consult the following sources (French only):
- Guide de relance des camps en contexte de COVID-19 - Association des camps du Québec
- Trousse d’outils pour le secteur des camps de jour - CNESST
Since May 22, outdoor gatherings are permitted provided that specific measures are respected.
First, not more than 10 people must be present at a gathering. Also, they should include people from a maximum of three households. As a reminder, those people living at the same address form a household.
Obviously, a distance of at least 2 metres must be kept between those people who are not from the same household.
The use of a face covering is strongly recommended.
To obtain additional information, please visit the Gatherings during the COVID-19 page.
Relaxation of measures concerning selected environments and activities
The government has announced that selected confinement measures will be relaxed in living and rehabilitation environments for seniors and people with a disability or autism spectrum disorder. The decision to relax applicable measures also covers various socio-professional and community activities.
Unsupervised outings for the residents of private seniors’ residences
The residents of private seniors’ residences can again go outside unsupervised. However, they must be sure to always maintain 2 m between themselves and other people. Moreover, loved ones can meet the residents outside but must observe physical distancing.
This measure covers private seniors’ residences throughout Québec, including the territory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal.
More compassionate palliative and end-of-life care
The prohibition has been lifted on visits to the palliative care units in residential and long-term care centres, private seniors’ residences, and intermediate and family-type resources.
Broadening of visits by informal caregivers
Since May 11, 2020, significant informal caregivers who were present on a regular basis before the pandemic can offer support to a person in an intermediate and family-type resource, or a private seniors’ residences.
However, the informal caregivers must abide by certain instructions.
This measure was already permitted in residential and long-term care centres (CHSLD).
To obtain additional information, please visit People who are hospitalized or who live in CHSLD, RI-RTF or RPA during COVID-19 pandemic.
Physical disability, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and physical rehabilitation
As of May 22, 2020, people with a disability or autism spectrum disorder who live in the following environments:
- Intermediate and family-type resources
- Ongoing assistance residences
- Boarding schools and group homes
- Other, as designated
Are authorized to go out for the following reasons (subject to certain conditions and specific measures):
- Attending school
- Working in sectors authorized by the Gouvernement du Québec
- Going outside in proximity to their quarters, commensurate with their condition (with or without supervision)
- Temporary leave (with or without sleepover) in the family or any other environment listed in the treatment plan
If major home support services for the individual are required during temporary leave, the institution may refuse authorization for safety reasons.
Visits by family members and/or friends are maintained on condition that the visitor understands all associated risks and promises to abide by the recommended instructions from public health authorities and those that are determined by management.
With respect to physical health and disability rehabilitation environments, only visits by a family member or friend are permitted and only when the person’s stay extends beyond 14 days and the visitor understands the associated risks and promises to abide by the recommended instructions from public health authorities and those that are determined by management.
However, temporary leave, outings and visits come with conditions and specific exceptional measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID‑19.
In cases where leave, visits and/or outings cannot be authorized, other distance socialization solutions will be offered so as to maintain the connection between individuals and their families.
Resumption of internships and workplace daily activities in sectors that have been authorized by the Gouvernement du Québec is also permitted on a gradual basis and per the capacity of the health and social services facility and available resources.
Withdrawal of checkpoints in the regions
The Gouvernement du Québec is gradually reopening the regions. 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.
At present, access is allowed to all regions of Québec, with the exception of the following territories:
- the Cree Territory of James Bay;
Access to the territories of Jamésie and the Cree Territory of James Bay will be allowed starting from June 9, 2020.
To obtain additional information on the restrictions now in force, please visit Travel between regions and cities.
Preschools, elementary and secondary schools
Since May 11, preschools and elementary schools have been gradually reopening their doors to students in all regions of Québec, with the exception of those located in the Montréal metropolitain community (CMM), the regional county municipality of Joliette and the town of l’Épiphanie, which will remain closed until late August.
NewSecondary schools will also remain closed until the end of August. However, some specialized schools offering regional or supraregional educational services and private schools dedicated to providing special education remain open, as do those that welcome students registered in one of the Work-Oriented Training Path courses. Distance learning will nevertheless continue as a result of improved pedagogical support.
Starting June 8, 2020, certain elementary and secondary schools may open their doors to host learning camps for young people. These camps will last a minimum of three weeks and are intended to support the educational success of students with learning difficulties. Organizations that wish to continue to deliver these services throughout the summer may do so.
Some Secondary IV and V students may also receive services by attending summer classes in person.
To obtain additional information, consult :
Educational childcare services
Since May 11, 2020,childcare services, including non-subsidized daycare centres and recognized and non‑recognized family daycare centres, have been gradually reopening in all regions of Québec, except for those in the territory of the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) and the Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) de Joliette.
Childcare services in the CMM and the MRC de Joliette are reopen since June 1.
Starting on these dates, all children will return to the daycare they had attended before the closure of March 13, 2020.
To obtain additional information, consult :
Last update: June 5, 2020