These measures are in force from January 9 to February 8, 2021. Depending on how the epidemiological situation in Québec evolves, the measures may be extended beyond February 8, 2021.

Québec is in lockdown from January 9 to February 8, 2021. A curfew (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) and other specific measures apply during this period. To learn more about these measures, go to the Confinement in Québec page.

Given the epidemiological situation in Québec and in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, it is recommended that measures restricting access to facilities where vulnerable people live be maintained.

Several measures relating to visits by informal caregivers and outings have been put in place in CHSLDs, intermediate resources (RIs) for seniors with 20 or more residents and private seniors' homes (RPAs). Additional measures are planned to limit contact between residents living in the same RPA.

The measures differ depending on whether or not there is an outbreak in the facility.

General instructions

Relationships between people and their loved ones must also be maintained and increased during the lockdown either virtually or through telephone calls. Iinformal caregivers who are known to the community must be encouraged to visit.

General instructions for informal caregivers

Les personnes proches aidantes doivent :

  • Make an appointment with the facility to:
    • facilitate visits and support,
    • ensure infection prevention and control measures are applied,
    • check that the informal caregiver's situation does not require them to self-isolate;
  • Be informal caregivers known to the facility, i.e., people who are
    • familiar with the infection prevention and control measures that must be applied;
    • be identified by the user or the resident of the facility. A maximum of two different caregivers will be allowed to access the facility. The same caregiver who is known and identified may visit their loved one more than once during the same day depending on the appointment made with the facility.
  • Provide their contact information in the entry and exit management register so that they can be contacted promptly by a public health authority in the event of an outbreak. Anyone who refuses to provide this information will not be allowed to enter the facility.
  • Respect the curfew. In some specific situations, informal caregivers may obtain a certificate from a health and social services institution allowing travel during the curfew when clinically required for the user.

Only informal caregivers from neighbouring territories are allowed to travel.

In the event of a fire in an RPA, in an RI for seniors with 20 or more residents or in a CHSLD, additional measures must be put in place during the evacuation and at the gathering point (PDF 56 KB) This hyperlink will open in a new window. to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Health instructions for informal caregivers     

  • Comply fully with the basic health instructions.
    • Keep a distance of 2 metres between people at all times;
    • Wash hands regularly.
    • Wear a medical mask at all times or a face covering in RPAs. This instruction applies to all visitors over 2 years of age, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Minimize their contact outside the facility.

Instructions for CHSLDs and RIs for seniors with 20 or more residents

These measures will be in force from January 9 to February 8, 2021, inclusively.

Level 4 – Maximum Alert (red zone)

Facilities that do not have an outbreak

Visits
  • 1 informal caregiver who is known to the facility per day.
Outings to attend gatherings

Outings to attend gatherings are not allowed. The facility is asked to encourage visits by informal caregivers.

Resident in isolation or facilities where there is an outbreak

Visits
  • 1 informal caregiver who is known to the facility per day.
Outings to attend gatherings

Outings to attend gatherings are not allowed.

Instructions for private seniors' homes

These measures are in force from January 9 to February 8, 2021, inclusively.

Level 4 – Maximum Alert (red zone)

Facilities that do not have an outbreak

Visits
  • 1 informal caregiver who is known to the facility per day.
Outings to attend gatherings
  • Outings to attend gatherings are not allowed. However, as for the general public, a single, autonomous and isolated person living in an RPA may meet up with another single person living at another address. This other person must always be the same person. They must meet outside, off the residence grounds. When they return, they must, in particular:
    • have their meals in the rental unit, supervised apartment or room for residents who live in an RPA where the operator shares their place of residence with residents
    • not participate in activities offered by the facility.
Daily activities in the home
  • Walks outdoors and essential outings (for example, grocery store, drugstore or medical appointment) are allowed. In these cases, residents are asked to avoid contact with other residents or to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres and to respect the curfew.
  • Meals may no longer be taken in the dining room. Meals are served to rental units and infection prevention and control measures must be strictly observed. There is no charge for meal delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, exceptionally, dining rooms could be used subject to strict compliance with infection prevention and control measures:

    • in RPAs where the operator shares their place of residence with residents;
    • for residents who require supervision or assistance with feeding.

    In the event of an exceptional situation in an RPA, a request for a temporary exemption could be made to the institution in the territory concerned. The request will be assessed by the institution, in collaboration with the Direction régionale de santé publique. The institution will have to monitor the RPA closely and the situation will be reassessed regularly. The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux must be informed by the institution’s CEO of any requests accepted and their duration.

  • Only activities aimed at preventing a decline in physical and psychological health are allowed. Infection prevention and control measures must be strictly observed, including physical distancing of 2 metres between residents and no sharing of items.

Resident in isolation or facilities where there is an outbreak

Visits
  • 1 informal caregiver who is known to the facility per day.
Outings to attend gatherings

Outings to attend gatherings are not allowed.