To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Québec government has announced the extension up to and including February 8, 2021 throughout Québec of the closing of non-priority commercial enterprises.
Retail stores, personal care and beauty care enterprises
Retail stores and personal and beauty care enterprise must cease their operations, except for:
- grocery stores and other food stores
- only for everyday essentials
- hardware stores
- only for products required to carry out exterior maintenance, repairs, or construction
- service stations
- animal feed and supply stores
- work-related safety and protective equipment stores
- commercial enterprises that sell products, parts, and other material necessary for transportation and logistics services and vehicle repair or maintenance, including vehicle repair and maintenance centres, but excluding the sale of vehicles
- big-box stores and other sales areas offering customers a wide variety of categories of products, including food, drugstore, and hardware products
- only for the products usually sold in one of the stores mentioned above, which excludes toys, clothing, books, electronic devices, decorative items, cookware, and electric household appliances
- convenience stores (including tobacco stores that are not specialized tobacco sales outlets)
- farm product stores
- medical, orthopaedic, and eye care supply stores
- specialized janitorial and building product stores
- the Société des alcools du Québec
- the Société québécoise du cannabis
The commercial enterprises, except drugstores and service stations, must close not later than 7:30 p.m. to comply with the 8 p.m. curfew. It should be noted that the Act respecting hours and days of admission to commercial establishments and the Regulation respecting periods of admission to commercial establishments remain in force and that the commercial enterprises subject to them must comply with them.
The operators must also comply with the restrictions in force concerning the number of people allowed in the stores.
Purchases online or by telephone and delivery are authorized. Stores can authorize curbside pickup of purchases.
Repairs and rentals
Non-priority retail stores that offer computer and electronic equipment repair services, or stores that offer repair or equipment rental services or sports and outdoor recreation equipment can remain open, but only for such services.
Health care services
Professional health care services (dentists, optometrists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, osteopaths, and so on) are not covered by the closings and can pursue their activities.
Services in medical clinics and doctors’ offices also remain open. Activities in these settings can continue.
Beauty care services
Beauty care services such as electrolysis, laser depilation, and so on, must cease during this period. However, continuity of care that the patients’ state of health requires such as post-operative or therapeutic follow-up continue to be offered during this period. Businesses that offer wig services are not covered by the measures and can pursue their operations. Such enterprises must close not later than 7:30 p.m. to comply with the 8 p.m. curfew.
Animal grooming services
Businesses that offer animal grooming services are also covered by the closing of retail stores and personal and beauty care enterprises. Animal grooming services are not authorized during this period.
Only traffic areas can remain open in shopping centres to ensure access to commercial enterprises that are not covered by the closings, which must close not later than 7:30 p.m. to comply with the 8 p.m. curfew.
Teleworking will also be mandatory for all office workers, except for workers whose physical presence the employer deems necessary to pursue the organization’s activities. This instruction applies to the public and the private sectors.
Restaurants can only maintain delivery and takeout services. Only delivery will be possible during the curfew.
Requests for information
If you have read the information on this page and nevertheless have a question concerning your business, please fill out the online form. You will receive a response by email.
Last update: January 18, 2021