Level 1–Vigilance introduces measures that target certain areas of activity and environments that are at risk of transmission. Such sectors are subject to selective restrictions or bans.

You are asked to avoid unnecessary social contact.

All regions are at Level 1–Vigilance (green zone).

Go to the measures in force in your municipality to find out the specific instructions for your region.

Measures in force

  • Indoor or outdoor gatherings at private homes and tourist accommodation units

    Inside homes

    Maximum of 10 people from different addresses or the occupants from 3 households. When people are 1 m apart, wearing a mask or face covering is strongly recommended for people who do not have adequate protection against COVID-19. Adequate protection refers to the immune protection a person has developed following vaccination (2 doses) or illness (1 dose of vaccine).

    Outdoor (private property) and on balconies

    Maximum of 20 people from different addresses or the occupants from 3 households. Physical distancing is highly recommended. If it is not possible to respect distancing, face covering is recommended for those who do not have adequate protection against COVID-19. Adequate protection refers to the immune protection a person has developed following vaccination (2 doses) or illness (one dose of vaccine).

  • Demonstrations

    Demonstrations are permitted but wearing face covers and physical distancing are mandatory at all times.

  • Funerals

    During the ceremony, an audience of 250 people maximum is allowed as long as they remain seated. This limit exclude funeral home workers and volunteers inside or outside the funeral home.

    During the viewing of the body or ashes of the deceased, as well as during the expression of condolences to the next of kin, it is permitted to have 50 people at the same time inside the premises.

    An attendance register must be kept and a mask or face covering must be worn inside. Face coverings or masks can be removed when people are seated. Distancing between people who do not reside at the same address must be respected.

  • Places of worship

    Maximum 250 people. If the place of worship occupies an entire building, the limit applies to the building.

    Weddings ceremony and funerals are also limited to 250 people. They must stay seated during the event. An attendance register is mandatory for these ceremonies.

    The reception following the ceremony is limited to 25 people if it takes place indoors, and 50 people if it takes place outdoors.

    A distance of at least 1 metre must be maintained between people if they are not talking or if they are talking quietly, and 2 metres if they are talking or singing, even when they stay in their seat and do not move about, unless they are from the same private home or the equivalent.

    A procedure mask or face covering must be worn. The procedure mask or face covering can be taken off when the person is in their seat, is silent or speaks only in a low voice.

  • Restaurants

    Maximum 10 people or 3 private residences can share the same table. Indoor tables must be 2 metres apart when there are no partitions between them.

    The outdoor terraces can accommodate a maximum of 20 people per table. Tables must be 1 m apart when there are no partitions between them.

    An attendance register must be kept.

  • Bars, breweries, taverns, casinos

    Open with restrictions.

    Maximum 10 people or 3 private residences can share the same table. Indoor tables must be 2 metres apart when there are no partitions between them.

    Outdoor terraces can accommodate a maximum of 20 people per table. Tables must be 1 m apart when there are no partitions between them.

    The operators of these establishments must comply with certain conditions:

    • 50% of the maximum capacity stipulated on the liquor licence;
    • customers must remain seated at their tables;
    • dancing and singing are prohibited (karaoke);
    • the operators must record customer contact information;
    • the establishments must close at 2 a.m. (alcohol sales must stop at midnight).

    As of August 1, establishments such as bars, restaurants and microbreweries will be able to sales alcohol until 1 a.m.

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums, etc.

    Open, in compliance with the measures in force for museum institutes, biodomes, planetariums, insectariums, botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos and walkthroughs.

    Face covers are mandatory in indoor public places.

  • Cinemas

    Open.

    • maximum 250 people
    • maximum 3,500 people if room can be divided into 250-person areas
    • eating/drinking permitted.

    Face coverings or masks must be worn but may be removed once seated, provided the person remains silent. People who do not reside at the same address must sit one seat apart.

    Up to 3,500 spectators are permitted if rooms can be divided into separate areas of 250 people maximum while maintaining one empty seat between people who do not reside at the same address. Separate entrances, exits, food counters, and sanitary facilities are required for each area. Entrances, exits, and access must be monitored. Reservations are required.

    As of August 1, 7,500 people will be allowed indoor. The capacity of each of the separate areas will also be increased to 500 people.

  • Audiences (auditoriums)

    Open, in compliance with the measures in force.

    Auditoriums, amphitheatres and indoor stadiums with assigned seats will be authorized to present shows and sporting events before a maximum audience of 7,500 people. Over 250 people, the audience must be subdivided into independent sections with a maximum of 250 people. They must have separate entrances, exits, and sanitary facilities. Distancing of one empty seat between spectators who do not reside at the same address must be observed. Monitoring of accesses and locations is required, as are reservations.

    Face-coverings are mandatory in indoor events, but may be removed once the person is seated. People should then remain silent or speak in a low voice.

    Auditoriums, stadiums and outdoor sites with assigned seating can present performances or sports events before an audience of a maximum of 15,000 people, with no separate sections. Distancing of one empty seat people who do not reside at the same address must be respected. Reservations are required. Mask wearing is recommended while circulating.

    Festivals and major outdoor events during which spectators are standing or sitting without assigned seats or circulating can be held, subject to compliance with the basic health measures and other specific measures for events.

    For outdoor events where spectators are standing or seated, the audience must be divided into independent sections of a maximum of 500 people. A minimum area of 2 m2 per admitted person must be respected. Reservations are required. Mask wearing is recommended while circulating.

    For events where attendees move around, other rules apply.

    For additional information on the specific measures to be followed by promoters for each type of event, please consult the “Instructions for festivals and events” page.

  • Drive-ins

    Maximum 5,000 people. The cars must be spaced so as to respect a distance of 1 m between the people laterally. Viewers must remain in their cars during the projection or performance.

    As of August 1, 15,000 people will be allowed outdoor.

  • Sports and recreation

    Outdoor amateur sports and recreation activities, including classes and guided workouts, are allowed in public spaces for groups of not more than 50 people, excluding officials, staff, and volunteers. Organized matches, leagues, competitions, and amateur tournaments are allowed for a maximum of 500 spectators seated per section at designated seats on terraces or platforms. A maximum of 50 spectators are allowed if they are not seated.

    As much as possible, physical distancing guidelines must be respected during sports and physical activities. Participants can come into contact or be in close proximity, if this is done briefly and infrequently. Adaptations specific to certain sports or physical activities may be required to limit the amount of prolonged contact between participants.

    One person can be added to the group to give lessons or to act as a supervisor, provided that a physical distance of 1 metres is maintained between the additional person and participants, and that this person wears the protective equipment that CNESST rules prescribe This hyperlink will open in a new window. This hyperlink will open in a new window..

    Indoors: Amateur sports and recreational activities, including guided lessons and training, are permitted in outdoor public places for groups of no more than 25 individuals from different households, including officials, employees and volunteers. Organized games and matches as well as leagues, competitions and amateur tournaments are permitted. In addition, a maximum of 250 spectators are allowed if they are seated per section at designated seats on terraces or platforms. A maximum of 25 spectators are allowed if they are not seated.

    Practice sites must be supervised at all times by at least one individual. This person must be present at the facility or site (with separate entrances and exits, and controlled access) and employed or designated by the site owner.

    Access to washrooms and locker rooms is permitted. They must be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day. The number of people allowed to access these facilities simultaneously should be limited so as to allow for a physical distance of 2 metres between individuals from different households at all times.

    Sports and recreational events are permitted on a larger scale, with spectators. Please consult the Instructions for festival and event promoters.

    Facilities for bowling, billiards and darts are open.

    The number of people present is determined by the site managers based on the capacity of the facility, allowing for physical distancing measures to be strictly applied and contact between people to be avoided. The maximum visitor capacity must be indicated in indoor facilities.

    At sites with controlled access, the number of visitors permitted must be managed.

    At sites with open access, the visitor capacity must be indicated, along with a reminder concerning applicable public health guidelines.

    It is possible to borrow or rent equipment if it is cleaned between each use. The use of personal equipment is still the preferred option.

    One person may be permitted to accompany another when necessary (e.g. the parent of a child under 10 years old or an individual accompanying a person with a disability). This individual should be counted among the maximum number of people allowed per group.

    Training for individuals responsible for the safety of participants engaging in activities is permitted (e.g. training for lifeguards, monitors, coaches). However, participants in training activities must strictly respect the physical distancing guidelines and the protocols that have been established.

    In physical fitness centres (gyms), training activities carried out by individuals, in pairs or by members of two households are permitted. Lessons may be provided to individuals and to groups of no more than 25 participants, with compulsory supervision. A physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times between instructors or coaches and participants. Wearing a face covering is mandatory when moving from one machine or space to another. A compulsory sign-in record must be kept in physical fitness centres and the maximum capacity of the facility must be posted.

    Private lessons at home are allowed only if they are given to one person or members of up to two family bubbles in accordance with the health guidelines in force. A distance of 1 metres must be maintained between the teacher and the students.

  • Activities organized in a public place

    Outdoor public settings

    Maximum 50 people. Physical distancing must be respected.

    Rented halls or indoor public settings

    Maximum 25 people. Physical distancing must be respected and the wearing of face coverings is mandatory.

  • Libraries

    Open to all.

    The number of visitors permitted must be managed to allow the respect of the physical distancing.

  • Travel between regions and cities

    Travel between regions and cities is possible.

    Some specific travel measures apply to other territories and provinces, see the Travelling from one region to another or from one city to another page to find out.

  • Recreational or tourist places

    Certain recreational or tourist sites such as arcades, the indoor activities of thematic sites, amusement centres and parks, water parks and youth hostels will reopen, subject to compliance with strict conditions.

    Reservations are required and a customer register must be kept. Each site’s ability to ensure compliance with health measures and social distancing is used to determine how many people are allowed in at once.

  • Teleworking

    Teleworking recommended for all employees of businesses, organizations, or government who perform administrative or office work.

  • Businesses, stores and boutiques

    Open.

    1 person per household recommended.

    Wearing a mask or face covering that covers the nose to under the chin is mandatory in enclosed or partially enclosed public places for people age 10 and over. To know more, consult Wearing a mask or a face covering in public settings page.

    It is also recommanded to use delivery services and help from loved ones for people at high risk of complications.

  • Meetings, conventions, shows and exhibitions

    Meetings and conventions authorized, with a maximum of 250 participants who remain seated.

    Shows authorized in rented venues (convention centres, hotels, etc.) with the application of the public health rules in effect for shopping malls.

    Exhibitors must follow the public health rules in effect for retail stores.

  • Spas

    Open. Appointments and attendance register mandatory, as well as social distancing between people who do not reside at the same address.

  • Personal and esthetic care

    Open

  • Educational childcare services

    Open

  • Secondary schools

    Wearing masks is required when circulating in the school, but they may be removed in classrooms.

    A physical distance of 1 metre must be maintained between students from different class groups.

    During activities involving singing or high-intensity physical exercise, such as activities in gyms, a minimum physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained between individuals.

    Proms can host a maximum of 250 people outdoors, provided that the health recommendations in force are observed.

    It is also possible to organize an award or graduation ceremony in green zones with a maximum of 250 people, at which the attendees must remain seated. These events can be organized indoors or outdoors. The presence of parents at the activities is authorized if the maximum number of people is observed.

  • Adult education and vocational training centres

    Wearing masks is required when circulating in the school, but they may be removed in classrooms.

    A physical distance of 1 metre must be maintained between students from different class groups.

    During activities involving singing or high-intensity physical exercise, such as activities in gyms, a minimum physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained between individuals.

    Two masks per day will be provided to students by their educational institution.

  • Day camps and summer camps

    Open.

  • CHSLDs, RIs for seniors with 20 or more residents and private seniors’ home (RPAs)

    General instructions

    Measures differ depending on whether there is an outbreak in the facility.

    Informal Caregivers and visitors must :

    • Comply fully with the basic health instructions.
    • Wear a medical mask or a face covering in CHSLDs, RPAs or RIs in accordance with the current guidelines. This applies to all visitors over 2 years of age indoors, and when a physical distance cannot be maintained on the grounds outdoors.
    • Caregivers and visitors who are properly protected are no longer required to maintain physical distance or wear a mask in their room or rental unit or outside on the grounds of the residential facility. Those who are not properly protected must wear a mask or face covering and maintain a physical distance of 2 metres. Wearing a mask or face covering and maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres is still mandatory in common areas (entrance, corridors, lounges, etc.) of the various residential facilities.
    • 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.

      The same person may visit their loved one more than once during the same day.

    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. This hyperlink will open in a new window. to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    CHSLDs and RIs for seniors with 20 or more residents
    Facilities that do not have an outbreak

    Visits

    • A maximum of 9 people at a time (10 people including the resident), allowed inside the facility (in the room), while respecting the accommodation's capacity to maintain the recommended physical distance according to the level of protection of the individuals concerned.
    • A maximum of 9 people allowed outside at the same time (depending on the capacity of the facility's grounds while observing physical distancing).

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Under the same conditions as for the general public.

    Resident in isolation or facilities where there is an outbreak

    Visits

    • 1 informal caregiver who is trained, identified and known to the facility is allowed per day, per resident.

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Outings to attend gatherings outside of the facility are not permitted.

    Private seniors' homes
    Facilities that do not have an outbreak

    Visits

    • A maximum of 9 people at a time (10 people including the resident) allowed inside the rental unit while respecting the accommodation's capacity to maintain the recommended physical distance according to the level of protection of the individuals concerned.
    • A maximum of 9 people allowed outside at the same time (depending on the capacity of the facility's grounds while observing physical distancing).
    • Fully protected residents can spend time together inside their rental units. These are people who have developed immunity after being vaccinated (2 doses, with the 2nd dose administered more than 7 days previously) or after having had the illness (and 1 dose of the vaccine).

    Fully protected residents are no longer required to follow recommendations for distancing and wearing a mask or face covering at a private gathering in their rental unit and in common areas. For other residents, masks or face coverings are still recommended inside their rental unit, unless they can maintain 2-metre physical distancing.

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Under the same conditions as for the general public.

    Dining rooms

    A maximum of 10 residents per table allowed, favoring the same groups of residents. 9 informal caregivers or visitors can go to the dining room with the resident (at the same table without being seated with other residents of the RPA), according to the usual rules of the facility.

    Resident in isolation or facilities where there is an outbreak

    Visits

    • 1 informal caregiver who is trained, identified and known to the facility per day, per resident.

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Outings to attend gatherings are not permitted.

  • Private professional and health services

    Open.

  • Assistance and resources in cases of conjugal violence

    The lockdown must not prevent victims of conjugal violence from leaving an environment where they feel they are in danger. If you are a victim of conjugal violence or if you know someone who is, help and resources are available to you.

    To find out about the types of assistance and resources available, go to the Conjugal Violence page This hyperlink will open in a new window. This hyperlink will open in a new window..

  • Community organizations

    Community organizations are allowed to provide services, including in-person activities. People must wear a mask or face covering and keep two metres apart.

    Support group workshops and meetings (e.g., Alcoholics Anonymous) are allowed with a maximum of 50 participants and in accordance with the health instructions in force.

    Indoor and outdoor sports and leisure activities must comply with the instructions for this type of activity.

  • Other long-term applicable measures

    Offence reports and fines are issued to individuals who fail to comply with the measures.