Level 2–Early Warning 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.

These regions are at Level 2 – Early Warning (yellow zone) : Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Côte-Nord, Nord-du-Québec. Go to the measures in force in your municipality to find out the specific instructions for your region.

Strengthened basic measures in force

  • Curfew

    No curfew.

  • Travel between regions and cities

    Not recommended (except for essential travel: students, workers, shared custody, freight transportation, and so on).

    The residents of Level 4-Maximum Alert (red zones) and Level 3–Alert (orange zones) are prohibited from travelling to Level 2–Early Warning (yellow zones).

  • Indoor or outdoor gatherings in private homes (house and cottage)

    Limited to the occupants of two private residences.

    Allowed for:

    • one informal caregiver;
    • a person providing a service or support;
    • labour for planned work;

    Consult the Gatherings and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic for other measures to be observed.

  • Demonstrations

    Demonstrations are permitted but wearing masks or face covers is always mandatory.

  • Funerals

    Funerals are limited to a maximum of 50 people, excluding funeral home workers and volunteers inside or outside the funeral home. An attendance register must be kept and a mask or face covering must be worn.

    No alcohol or food can be served.

  • Places of worship

    A maximum of 250 participants are allowed in a place of worship. If the place of worship occupies an entire building, the limit applies to the building.

    A distance of at least two metres is maintained between people, 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.

    Weddings and funerals in places of worship are limited to 50 people.

  • Restaurants

    Open. The occupants of a maximum of two private residences can share the same table.

    An attendance register must be kept. Only customers with proof of residence in a region where the alert level allows access to restaurant dining rooms (green, yellow or orange level) are allowed in the restaurant.

    Shows are allowed in the restaurants during meals, but customers must remain seated, speak in a low voice or remain silent.

  • Bars, breweries, taverns, casinos

    Bars, brasseries, taverns, and casinos are open.
    The operators of these establishments must comply with certain conditions:

    • 50% of the maximum capacity stipulated on the liquor licence;
    • the occupants from not more than two private residences per table;
    • a distance of two metres between the tables;
    • customers must remain seated at their tables;
    • dancing and singing are prohibited;
    • the operators must record customer contact information;
    • the customers must live in a yellow or green zone;
    • the establishments must close at midnight (alcohol sales must stop at 11 p.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.

  • Cinemas

    Open. Face covers or masks are mandatory but the can be removed once spectators are seated, provided that they remain silent. Physical distancing of 1.5 m between individuals who do not reside at the same address is mandatory.

    A maximum of 250 people.

  • Audiences (auditoriums)

    A maximum of 250 people.

    Individuals must be seated and relatively immobile, under staff supervision.

    Face covers or masks are mandatory but they can be removed once spectators are seated, provided that they remain silent. Physical distancing of 1.5 m between individuals who do not reside at the same address is mandatory.

  • Libraries

    Open to all

  • Sports and recreation

    Travel between regions is not recommended. Travelling to yellow zones is not permitted.

    Sports and recreational activities, including lessons and guided training, are permitted in outdoor public places for individuals, groups of two and members of the same household, as well as groups of no more than 12 individuals from different households, plus one additional person for supervision. As much as possible, physical distancing rules must be respected during these activities. Contact or close proximity is permitted, however, if it is brief and infrequent (e.g. during a match or choreographed routine). The total amount of time spent in close contact must not exceed 15 minutes per day, per participant. Specific adaptations for certain physical or sports activities may be required to limit the amount of prolonged contact between participants.

    Contact-free sports and recreational activities are permitted in indoor public places for individuals, groups of two and members of two households, as well as groups of no more than 12 individuals from different households, plus one additional person for supervision, who must wear the protective equipment required by the CNESST. Participants must follow the physical distancing rules in effect. Group supervision is compulsory and must be carried out by an individual designated by the organization offering the activity. Activities are offered to one group at a time, for the duration of the session.

    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 (toilets and sinks) 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.

    Practice competitions are permitted as part of training activities, but no formal competitions or spectators are allowed.

    The number of people present is determined by the site managers based on the capacity of the facility and allowing for physical distancing measures to be strictly applied and contact between people to be avoided. The maximum capacity must be posted at indoor practice 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 disinfected 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, based on the regional alert system.

    Training for individuals responsible for the safety of participants engaging in activities is permitted (e.g. lifeguard or ski patrol training). However, participants in these training activities must strictly respect the physical distancing guidelines and the protocols that have been developed.

    In physical fitness centres (gyms), training activities carried out by individuals, in pairs or by members of two households are permitted. Private lessons and group classes are also permitted, provided there are no more than 12 participants and the activity is supervised. The 2‑metre physical distancing rule must be respected at all times with the coach (instructor, trainer), and assistance that requires close contact is not permitted, except between members of the same household. 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 2 metres must be maintained between the teacher and the students.

  • 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. A customer register must be kept. Only customers with proof of residence in a region where the alert level is yellow or green are allowed on the site.

    People must maintain a distance of 2 metres at all times from people who do not live with them.

    A mask or face covering must be worn in indoor places other than water parks.

  • Teleworking

    Teleworking is recommended for all employees of businesses, organizations, or the public administration who perform administrative tasks or office work.

  • Businesses, stores and boutiques

    Open

    1 person per household recommended

    Delivery services and help from loved ones preferred for people at high risk of complications

    Shopping malls must ensure adequate supervision of common areas to avoid any gathering and loitering.

    Restriction on the number of people admitted to commercial enterprises subject to the Act respecting hours and days of admission to commercial establishments (CQLR, chapter H-2.1), especially retail and food stores, drugstores, and outlets of the Société des alcools du Québec.

  • Spas

    Open. Reservation are mandatory and a customer register must be kept. Physical distancing must be observed between people who do not live at the same address.

  • Personal and esthetic care

    Open

  • Educational childcare services

    All childcare establishments can receive 100 % of the maximum number of children indicated on their permit.

    Home childcare providers can receive the regular number of children indicated on their current recognition document.

    Educational childcare establishments will be closed only if the public health authority declares an outbreak in the establishment.  

    The places of children whose parents choose not to send their children to the childcare establishment can no longer be held for them, even against payment, and the service agreement must be cancelled.

    Community social pediatrics centres can continue to offer services.

    Family community organizations (FCOs) and community drop-in daycare centres can also continue to offer services.

  • Preschools and elementary schools

    Preschoolers are not required to wear a procedural mask or face covering.

    Only one stable class group is permitted, with no physical distancing requirement, at all times.

    Students from different class groups must stay 2 metres apart.

    Students and staff must stay 2 metres apart. When this is not possible, staff are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE). Wearing a face covering is not required in classrooms or outdoors on school grounds. Face coverings are mandatory for Elementary 5 and 6 students when circulating in common areas and when using school transportation. All school staff must wear a procedural mask at all times in indoor and outdoor common areas.

    Extracurricular activities are permitted, before and after classes and during lunch hour, but only within the same class group. As of March 26, students from different class groups can also take part in intramural extracurricular activities. Outdoor extracurricular activities involving brief contact can be carried out by up to 12 students. Indoor extracurricular activities involving no contact can also be carried out by up to 12 students. No competitions, games or matches are permitted. Only practice competitions are authorized as part of training activities.

    Field trips are permitted, but only within the same class group. It is possible to replace field trips with virtual field trips or activities that take place at school, provided certain terms and conditions are met and the current health measures are respected. Overnight stays are not permitted.

    Special pedagogical projects can continue as long as the principle of stable class groups is respected. If this is not possible, a 2-metre distance between students from different stable class groups must be maintained at all times, and the health guidelines must be strictly followed.

    School visitors are kept to a minimum.

    School daycare services are organized based on the principle of stable class groups or, if necessary, by creating subgroups and following the physical distancing guidelines.

    Students eat lunch with their stable class group.

  • Secondary schools

    Wearing a face covering is not required in classrooms. Face coverings are mandatory for students when circulating in common areas, when on school grounds and when using school transportation. Staff members must wear procedural masks in all common areas, except in class when there are 2 metres of distance between the staff and the students.

    Extracurricular activities are permitted, before and after classes and during lunch hour, but only within the same class group. As of March 26, students from different class groups can also take part in intramural extracurricular activities. Outdoor extracurricular activities involving brief contact can be carried out by up to 12 students. Indoor extracurricular activities involving no contact can also be carried out by up to 12 students. No competitions, games or matches are permitted. Only practice competitions are authorized as part of training activities.

    Field trips are permitted, but only within the same class group. Overnight stays are not permitted. It is possible to replace field trips with virtual field trips or activities that take place at school, provided certain terms and conditions are met and the current health measures are respected.

    Special pedagogical projects can continue as long as the principle of stable class groups is respected. If this is not possible, a 2-metre distance between students from different stable class groups must be maintained at all times, and the health guidelines must be strictly followed.

    School visitors are kept to a minimum.

    Students eat lunch with their stable class group.

    Optional courses may take place through distance education or in person, provided that a distance of 2 metres is maintained at all times between students who are not from the same stable class group.

  • Adult education and vocational training centres

    Educational services are offered based on the locally determined school calendar. This is also the case for ongoing training offered by services to businesses. In-person presence in classrooms is permitted.

    Local evaluations can also take place at a distance, but ministerial exams must take place in person at the centres, following public health guidelines. Internships can continue as planned in workplaces that are capable of welcoming students. Training that takes place outside (in open spaces) may continue.

    In-person extracurricular activities and educational outings are permitted, provided the health guidelines in force are respected

    Wearing a face covering is required at all times in centres and on centre grounds. Students may remove their face coverings when they are seated in a classroom with at least 2 metres of distance between them. A physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained between students and teachers at all times. When this is not possible, students and teachers are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

    If the distance between students is less than 2 metres, they must wear a face covering, even if there are partitions. A physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained between students from different classes. During meals, face coverings may be removed when students are seated and ready to eat.

  • Post-secondary institutions

    Wearing a face covering or mask is mandatory in common areas and when circulating within the educational institution. Students can remove their mask or face covering when seated in the classroom. Each educational institution is responsible for applying the guidelines pertaining to Level 2 to the additional facilities on campus as well as to recreation and sports.

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

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

    General instructions

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

    Informal caregivers must:

    • 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.
    • Comply fully with the basic health instructions.
    • Wear a medical mask at all times or a face covering in RPAs in accordance with the current directive. This instruction applies to all visitors over 2 years of age, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Be informal caregivers known to the facility, i.e., people who are:
      • trained and already familiar with the infection prevention and control measures that must be applied;
    • 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. As of April 12, 2021, informal caregivers from another region at alert level 2 (yellow zone) or 3 (orange zone) will be allowed into facilities subject to certain strict conditions. Access to facilities in a region at level 2 (yellow zone) is prohibited if the informal caregiver comes from a region at alert level 4 (red zone).

    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

    • 2 informal caregiver who is known to and has been identified by the facility per day, for a maximum of 4 informal caregivers who are known to and have been identified by the facility.

    Outings for gatherings under the same conditions as for the general public.

    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 and has been identified by the facility per day

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Outings to attend gatherings are not allowed.

    Instructions for private seniors' homes
    Facilities that do not have an outbreak

    Visits

    • 2 informal caregiver who is known to and has been identified by the facility at a time, for a maximum of 4 informal caregivers who are known to and have been identified by the facility per day.

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Outings for gatherings under the same conditions as for the general public.

    Daily activities in the home

    • Residents are asked to avoid contact with other residents or to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres, to wear a medical mask or a face covering in accordance with the current directive, to wash the hands frequently and to respect the curfew.

    Meals may be taken in the dining room subject to strict compliance with health measures:

    • The operator of the RPA must ensure that all the measures have been put in place to comply with physical distancing of 2 metres and the other infection prevention and control measures in and around the dining room.
    • To reduce the number of people in the dining room at the same time, several services for the same meal must be offered to residents.
    • Particular attention must be paid to high-touch surfaces and surfaces at high risk of contamination in the dining room. They must be cleaned and disinfected in between each sitting or more frequently.
    • A plexiglass partition can be placed in the middle of a small table so that 2 people can sit at the table without having to respect physical distancing.
    • Depending on the size of the room, a maximum of 50 to 100 residents may be allowed in the dining room during the same sitting to avoid bottlenecks at the entrance and exit to the dining room.
    • For health care units, the bubble concept can be applied.
    • Buffet-style meals and salad or dessert bars must be removed.
    • Residents must be supervised when they are moving around to ensure they are wearing a mask (medical mask or face covering depending on the current directive), are maintaining a distance of 2 metres and avoiding gatherings, for example at the elevator or outside the dining room.
    • Supervised group activities in the RPA that are aimed at promoting physical and psychological health are allowed with a maximum of 10 people. Infection prevention and control measures, including physical distancing of 2 metres between residents and no sharing of items must be strictly observed.
    Resident in isolation or facilities where there is an outbreak

    Visits

    • 1 informal caregiver who is known to and has been identified by the facility per day

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Outings to attend gatherings are not allowed.

  • Private professional and health services

    Open only for services that require an individual’s presence.

  • 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.

  • 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.