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 actually at Level 2–Early Warning (yellow zone) :

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Centre-du-Québec
  • Estrie
  • Lanaudière
  • Laurentides
  • Laval
  • Mauricie
  • Montérégie
  • Montréal
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Outaouais

See the Reopening Plan webpage for more details about the easing of rules to be introduced gradually for the summer of 2021.

Strengthened basic measures in force

  • Curfew

    No curfew.

  • Travel between regions and cities

    Travel between regions and cities is not recommended, but it 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.

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

    Indoor

    Indoor gatherings are limited to the occupants of 2 households.

    Outdoor and on balconies

    Maximum of 8 people from different households or all occupants from 2 households.

    Basic health instructions must be followed at all times.

  • 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.

    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 a rotation of people inside the premises, provided that the number of people present at the same time never exceeds the maximum allowed

  • 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.

  • Bars, breweries, taverns, casinos

    Open with restrictions.

    The operators of these establishments must comply with certain conditions:

    • 50% of the maximum capacity stipulated on the liquor licence;
    • the occupants from maximum 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 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.

    • Maximum 250 people
    • Maximum 2,500 people if room can be divided into 250-person areas
    • Eating/drinking permitted

    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 also mandatory.

    Up to 2,500 spectators are permitted if rooms can be divided into separate areas of 250 people maximum while maintaining 1.5 m 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.

  • Audiences (auditoriums)

    Open, in compliance with the measures in force. Big auditoriums, amphitheatres, indoor stadiums or outdoor stadiums or sites with pre-assigned seats will be authorized to present performances before a maximum audience of 2 500 people. The audience must be subdivided into independent sections with a limit of 250 people and separate entrances, exits, and sanitary facilities.

    Masks are mandatory, but may be removed once the person is seated. Auditoriums must ensure that spectators who do not live at the same address maintain a distance of 1.5 m between seats.

    As of June 25, 2021, festivals and other events presenting outdoor performances during which spectators are standing or sitting without assigned seats can be held throughout Québec, subject to compliance with the basic health measures and other specific measures. A maximum of 2 500 people will be authorized on each site.

    Festival and event promoters must comply with specific instructions. For additional information, please consult the “Instructions for festivals and events” page.

  • Sports and recreation

    Until June 10, 2021

    Outdoors and indoors: Sports and recreational activities are permitted in public places in groups of up to 12 people from different households. One person can be added to the group to give lessons or to act as a supervisor, provided that a physical distance of 2 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. This hyperlink will open in a new window.. Practice games and matches are permitted as part of training activities, but organized games and matches, leagues, tournaments and competitions are not permitted, nor are spectators.

    Outdoors: Participants can come into contact or be in close proximity, if this is done briefly and infrequently (e.g. during a match or choreography). The total amount of time spent in close contact must not exceed 15 minutes per day, per participant. As much as possible, physical distancing guidelines must be respected during sports and physical activities. Specific adaptations for certain sports or physical activities may be required to limit the amount of prolonged contact between participants.

    Indoors: Group activities must be supervised by a person designated by the organization that offers the activity. Such activities must be provided to a single group that does not change for the duration of the activity. A physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times between individuals from different households.

    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.

    In physical fitness centres (gyms), training activities carried out by individuals, in pairs or by members of two households are permitted. Assistance at close proximity is not permitted, except among 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.

    Wearing a face covering is mandatory at all times for spectators aged 10 and over watching an indoor activity, except in facilities where seats are assigned in advance. Face coverings may be removed when individuals from different households are seated at least 1.5 metres away from each another.

    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.

    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.

    The number of people present in public areas 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.

    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.

    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.

    Facilities for bowling, billiards and darts are permitted to open.

    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 developed.

    A compulsory sign-in record must be kept in physical fitness centres (gyms) 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.

    In addition to the measures concerning sports and recreational activities listed above, the following relaxed measures will be in force:

    As of June 11, 2021

    Outdoors: Supervised sports and recreational activities may be carried out in groups of no more than 25 individuals, in addition to any officials, staff members and volunteers. Organized games and matches as well as leagues are permitted, but spectators are not recommended. Competitions and tournaments remain prohibited.

    As of June 25, 2021

    Outdoors: Tournaments and competitions are permitted, and outdoor sports and recreational events with spectators may be held. For the latter, please consult the Instructions for festival and event promoters.

    Please note that these relaxed measures only apply for sports and recreational activities carried out by the general public, and that they do not affect the guidelines specific to schools.

  • Libraries

    Open to all

  • 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 mask is not required in classrooms or outdoors on school grounds. Masks are mandatory for Elementary 5 and 6 students when circulating in common areas and when using school transportation.

    It is recommended that all school staff wear a mask at all times in indoor and outdoor common areas. However, at least one of the following measures must be respected:

    • 2 metre physical distance
    • Physical barriers
    • Wearing of a high-quality mask

    For example, staff are not required to wear a mask in the classroom if they are able to maintain a 2-metre distance from students or if physical barriers are in place, such as plastic panels.

    Extracurricular activities are permitted, before and after classes and during lunch hour, but only within the same class group. 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 from different groups. Indoor extracurricular activities involving no contact can also be carried out by up to 12 students from different groups. 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 mask is not required in classrooms. Masks are mandatory for students when circulating in common areas and when using school transportation.

    It is recommended that all school staff wear a mask at all times in indoor and outdoor common areas. However, at least one of the following measures must be respected:

    • 2 metre physical distance
    • Physical barriers
    • Wearing of a high-quality mask

    For example, staff are not required to wear a mask in the classroom if they are able to maintain a 2 metre distance from students or if physical barriers are in place, such as plastic panels.

    Extracurricular activities are permitted, before and after classes and during lunch hour, but only within the same class group. 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 from different groups. Indoor extracurricular activities involving no contact can also be carried out by up to 12 students from different groups. 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.

    Starting from July 8, 2021, graduation dances can host a maximum of 250 people outdoors, provided that the health recommendations in force are observed.

    It is also possible to organize a recognition or graduation ceremony at the green and yellow levels with a maximum of 250​​​​​​ people, at which the attendees must remain seated. Starting on June 11, 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

    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.

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

    Wearing a procedural mask in not required in the classroom when a 1.5 metre distance is maintained between students. However, a mask is mandatory at all times elsewhere in the centre, when circulating and when in common areas.

    A physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained between students and teachers at all times.

    It is recommended that all school staff wear a mask at all times in indoor and outdoor common areas. However, at least one of the following measures must be respected:

    • 2 metre physical distance
    • Physical barriers
    • Wearing of a high-quality mask

    For example, staff are not required to wear a mask in the classroom if they are able to maintain a 2-metre distance from students or if physical barriers are in place, such as plastic panels.

    During meals, the procedural mask may be removed when students are seated and ready to eat.

  • Post-secondary institutions

    Majority in face-to-face.

    Physical distancing of 1.5 metres between students when they are seated in a classroom and 2 metres in all other situations.

    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.

  • Day camps and summer camps

    Day camps and holiday camps may resume their activities on June 21, 2021.

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

    General instructions

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

    Everyone must:

    • Comply fully with the basic health instructions;
    • Wear a medical mask at all times or a face covering in RPAs or RIs in accordance with the current directive. This instruction applies to all visitors over 2 years of age, inside the living environment, either indoors and when the physical distance of 2 metres cannot be respected as well outdoors on the field;
    • The same person can visit their loved one more than once during the same day;
    • 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.

    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. 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

    • People (informal caregivers or visitors) of the same residence at a time inside the facility (depending on the accommodation capacity of the room in order to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres);
    • a maximum of 5 people outside at the same time (depending on the capacity of the facility's grounds while observing physical distancing of 2 metres).

    Outings for 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 has been identified and trained and is known to the facility per day.

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Outings to attend gatherings are not allowed.

    Private seniors' homes
    Facilities that do not have an outbreak

    Visits

    • People (informal caregivers or visitors) of the same residence at a time inside the facilitydepending on the accommodation capacity of the rental unit in order to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres);
    • a maximum of 5 people outside at the same time (depending on the capacity of the facility's grounds while observing physical distancing of 2 metres).

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Under the same conditions as for the general public.

    Dining rooms

    Maximum of 6 users or residents per table, favoring the same groups of residents. People (informal caregivers or visitors) of the same residence can go to the dining room with the  resident (or residents occupying the same rental unit), according to the usual rules of the facility.

    Resident in isolation or facilities where there is an outbreak

    Visits

    • 1 informal caregiver who is identified and trained and who is known 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.