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.
Reopening of economic activities
All economic activity sectors are authorized to resume their acitivities except:
- festivals and major events;
- regular vacation camps with accommodation.
NewStarting July 18, 2020, private-sector employers whose employees were working at home can have up to a maximum of 25% of their staff return to work. It should be noted that the rate is a maximum, not an objective to be attained.
Specific measures applicable to bars
The following measures are in force in bars to reduce customer traffic and avoid an upsurge in the virus’ spre
- the operating hours of the holders of bar permits issued by the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ) are restricted. Bars must stop selling alcoholic beverages at midnight instead of 3 a.m. and customers must also have left bars not later than 1 a.m;
- the reception capacity are restricted to 50% of the capacity indicated on the liquor licence;
- dancing is prohibited and customers must be seated to consume alcohol;
- bar owners must establish a register that records customers’ contact information or have a group of customers designate a person to facilitate epidemiological follow-up in the event of outbreaks. The process will, obviously, comply with privacy rules.
Other specific rules may apply to the reopening of certain establishments.
For additional information, please visit the Reopening and maintaining economic activities page.
Back-to-school time – fall of 2020
The government has presented its plan for the start of the fall season in the school system and in higher education, for all regions of Québec. This school start will be carried out in compliance with the directives of the public health authorities.
To see the details of this plan, please consult the page Back-to-school time in the school system and in higher education for the fall of 2020
The instructions for outdoor and indoor gatherings have been relaxed in recent weeks.
More changes are effective, mainly concerning physical distancing during indoor gatherings in public places, and physical distancing between children aged 16 and under.
For more information, go to the page Gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resumption of tourist activities and accommodation establishments
Tourism industry businesses and establishments are authorized to resume their activities, under certain conditions.
Maritime excursions will also be able to resume their activities starting from July 1, 2020.
Resumption of outdoor sports and leisure activities
Indoor and outdoor sports and leisure activities, including training centres and outdoor recreational activities, are authorized to resume their regular practices if they comply with the public health guidelines.
However, combat in certain sports remains prohibited until further notice, although training is permitted, while respecting the applicable physical distancing rules.
For more information, visit the Resumption of sports and leisure activities page.
The Québec government is authorizing the gradual reopening of cultural establishments, except for festivals and major events.
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.
To obtain information on the entire array of measures and the instructions to be observed when reopening cultural activities, please visit www.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/PlanRelanceCulture (in French only).
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, specialized residential camps for persons with disabilities will be allowed 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
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
Since 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;
A reopening plan will be announced at a later date for the territories of Nunavik and the Cree Territory of James Bay.
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: July 15, 2020