The regional alert system with progressive intervention criteria defines additional measures to be taken as needed to ensure public safety in each of Québec’s socio-health regions.

To find out the alert level in your region, consult the Map of COVID-19 alert levels by region.

Government action in the coming months will be focussed on three priorities:

  • Limiting the health, social and economic impact of COVID‑19
  • Protecting the most vulnerable members of society
  • Avoiding healthcare system overload

If it becomes necessary to raise the level of intervention to slow the spread of the virus, the implemented measures will depend on the alert level. Four alert levels have been defined, as follows, with commensurate intervention:

Level 1–Vigilance

Level 1–Vigilance requires constant attention amid the COVID 19 pandemic. This level corresponds to weak community spread and requires that all dictated basic measures are followed in all settings (physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, hand-washing, etc.). Other measures may also apply for specific activities and settings.

You are asked to avoid unnecessary social contact, for exemple : gatherings with family or friends, weddings, funerals, etc.

Strengthened basic measures in force

Private indoor or outdoor gatheringsMaximum 10 people
Activities organized in a public setting

Indoors: maximum 50 people (rented halls, places of worship, festival events, marriages, workplace or school celebrations, etc.)

Venues with a liquor permit: alcohol sales end at midnight, no drinking after 1 a.m. and all dancing prohibited

Outdoors: maximum 250 people
Public venue halls and audiences

Maximum 250 people

People must be seated, relatively immobile, little or no talking, staff supervision (concert halls, theatres, cinemas, etc.)
Bars, brasseries, taverns, casinos and restaurants

Maximum 10 patrons per table

Bars, brasseries, taverns and casinos at 50% permitted capacity, alcohol and food sales end at midnight, closing time 1 a.m. and mandatory customer name and contact list

Restaurants open
Inter-regional travelAuthorized
Other long-term applicable measures

Increased police intervention

Infraction reports and fines for non-compliance with face-covering directives

Level 2–Early Warning

Level 2–Early Warning is required as soon as transmission of the virus starts to grow. The basic measures will be strengthened and further action taken to promote and encourage compliance. For example, there could be more inspections and greater crowd control in various venues to facilitate physical distancing.

You are asked to avoid unnecessary social contact, for exemple : gatherings with family or friends, weddings, funerals, etc.

Strengthened basic measures in force

Private indoor or outdoor gatheringsMaximum 10 people
Activities organized in a public setting

Indoors: maximum 50 people (rented halls, places of worship, festival events, marriages, workplace or school celebrations, etc.)

Venues with a liquor permit: alcohol sales end at midnight, no drinking after 1 a.m. and all dancing prohibited

Outdoors: maximum 250 people

Public venue halls and audiences

Maximum 250 people

People must be seated, relatively immobile, little or no talking, staff supervision (concert halls, theatres, cinemas, etc.)

Bars, brasseries, taverns, casinos and restaurants

Maximum 10 patrons per table

Bars, brasseries, taverns and casinos at 50% permitted capacity, alcohol and food sales end at midnight, closing time 1 a.m. and mandatory customer name and contact list

Restaurants open
Inter-regional travelAuthorized
Other long-term applicable measures

Increased police intervention

Infraction reports and fines for non-compliance with face-covering directives

Level 3–Alert

Level 3–Alert introduces new measures that target specific sectors of activity and settings where the risk of transmission is deemed higher. These sectors and settings will be subject to selective restrictions, prohibitions and closures.

You are asked to avoid unnecessary social contact, for exemple : gatherings with family or friends, weddings, funerals, etc.

Intermediate measures in force

Private indoor or outdoor gatherings

Maximum 6 people OR 2 families
(i.e. 2 families with a total in excess of 6 people authorized)

Activities organized in a public setting

Indoor and outdoor: maximum 25 people (Rented halls, places of worship, festival events, marriages, workplace or school celebrations, barbecues, picnics, etc.)

Venues with a liquor permit: no alcohol sales after 11 p.m., no alcohol consumption after midnight, dancing prohibited

Public venue halls and audiences

Maximum 250 people

People must be seated, relatively immobile, little or no talking, staff supervision (concert halls, theatres, cinemas, public venues, etc.)

Bars, brasseries, taverns, casinos

Maximum 6 patrons per tables

No alcohol or food sales after 11 p.m, closing at midnight

Mandatory customer name and contact list

Restaurants

Maximum 6 patrons per tables

No alcohol sales after 11 p.m

No alcohol consumption after midnight
Stores

1 person per household recommended

Delivery available and key family member assistance for clients with a high risk of complications
Inter-regional travelNot recommended
CHSLD

Visits for humanitarian reasons

Visits by informal caregivers who provide significant assistance

RPA private seniors’ residenceNo more than 6 people at a time in a rental unit, including the resident
Other long-term applicable measures

Increased police intervention

Infraction reports and fines for non-compliance with face-covering directives

Level 4–Maximum Alert

Level 4–Maximum Alert includes targeted and additional more restrictive measures that could extend to prohibiting non-essential activities in situations where risk cannot be sufficiently contained, while avoiding the generalized confinement that was experienced during the first wave of the pandemic as much as possible.

You are asked to avoid unnecessary social contact, for exemple : gatherings with family or friends, weddings, funerals, etc.

Criteria

The alert levels will be established on the basis of recommendations by public health authorities, who regularly review the situation, taking account of the following factors:

  • Epidemiological situation
  • Transmission control
  • Healthcare system capacity

For more information, consult the detailed document Progressive 4-level regional alert and intervention system (PDF 0.95 Mb).