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.

No region are actually at Level 3–Alert (orange zone).

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

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

Intermediate 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 gatherings are prohibited for visitors from another address, except for a person who lives alone, with their dependent children where applicable.

    Allowed for:

    • one informal caregiver;
    • a person providing a service or support;
    • labour for planned work;
    • a person who lives alone, with their dependent children, if any, may join people who live at one other address, provided that they form a stable group. Groups formed this way are asked to refrain from gathering in their homes with anyone who is not part of the group.

    Outdoor gatherings permitted on private property and on balconies

    A maximum of 8 people from different households or all occupants from two 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 25 people, excluding funeral workers and volunteers inside or outside the building. A attendance register must be kept and a procedure mask 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

    Place of worship are limited to 100 participants. Weddings and funerals will continue to be limited to 25 people.

    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.

    Wearing a procedure mask is mandatory at all times, except for people who temporarily remove their procedure mask to drink or eat.

  • Restaurants

    Open. A maximum of 2 people from a different address sitting at the same table, may be accompanied by their children under the age of 18. Occupants of the same private residence may sit together at the same table. Restaurant customers are prohibited from changing tables as long as they are in the establishment.

    With the exception of fast food services, reservations are mandatory.

    An attendance register must be kept.

    The sale of alcohol is not permitted without the purchase of food.

  • Bars, breweries, taverns, casinos

    Establishments with outdoor terraces can receive customers, provided they comply with certain conditions  :

    • 50% of the maximum capacity stipulated on the liquor licence;
    • maximum of 2 people from a different address or the occupants of the same private residence;
    • 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.).

    Establishments with the required permits may serve meals outside. They must comply with the measures that apply to restaurants, but people under the age of 18 may not be admitted.

    Bar, microbreweries and distilleries indoor activities are actually suspended.

  • 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

    The wearing of a surgical mask is mandatory. If the mask is temporarily removed to eat or drink, the person must remain silent. Physical distancing of 2 m between people 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 2 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.

    Procedural masks are mandatory. If the mask is temporarily removed to eat or drink, the person must remain silent. Auditoriums must ensure that spectators who do not live at the same address maintain a distance of 2 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 25, 2021

    Outdoors: Supervised outdoor activities involving no physical contact may be carried out in groups of no more than 25 individuals. In addition, authorized games, matches and leagues are permitted in accordance with the health guidelines in force in orange zones. Competitions and tournaments remain prohibited. No spectators are allowed.

    Staff, officials and volunteers 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..

    Unsupervised, contact-free sports and recreational activities are permitted outdoors in public places with members of two different households or in groups of up to 12 people from different households.

    Indoors: Contact-free sports and recreational activities are permitted for individuals, groups of two and members of the same household in all indoor public places that are open. Games, matches, leagues, tournaments and competitions are not permitted, nor are spectators. Physical fitness centres (gyms) are permitted to open but must keep compulsory sign-in records. In gyms, all individuals must wear a face covering at all times, including members of the same household. Assistance at close proximity is not permitted, except among members of the same household.

    Classes or supervision can be offered to individuals or to the occupants of the same household. Individuals who give classes or provide supervision must practise physical distancing and wear the protective equipment that CNESST rules prescribe.

    Outdoors and indoors: A physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times between individuals from different households.

    Wearing a face covering is mandatory at all times while practising sports and recreational activities for anyone aged 10 and over, except in the following situations:

    • when an activity is carried out by members of the same household, who may be joined by one additional person including that person’s children, thereby creating a stable group (for example, this could be a couple not residing at the same address)
    • when individuals are seated at least 2 metres away from each other during outdoor activities
    • when a physical distance of 2 metres is maintained throughout an activity between participants from different households
    • when individuals are swimming or carrying out other water-based activities

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

    At outdoor 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. The area in which activities take place must be supervised at all times by at least one person. This person must be present and be employed or designated by the owner of the facility.

    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 facilities for getting ready for an activity, finding shelter or eating is permitted, provided the current health guidelines are strictly respected. Wherever possible, participants are encouraged to arrive ready to engage in their activity. Locker rooms must remain closed and access to lockers is not permitted. However, access to pool locker rooms is permitted, provided physical distancing guidelines can be followed and the area is cleaned regularly throughout the day.

    Washrooms are also open (toilets, sinks).

    Pools located in hotels can reopen, but facilities for bowling, billiards and darts must remain closed.

    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.

    Lessons in private homes are allowed only if they are given to members of the same household 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 25, 2021

    Outdoors: Tournaments, competitions, matches, games and leagues 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

  • Tourist accommodation

    Only residents at the same address may occupy a unit in a tourist accommodation establishment. A single person, with their children, if any, can join the occupants from one other address to form a stable group and stay in the same unit.

    During the curfew period, only meal delivery to rooms is allowed.

    Indoor hotel swimming pools remain open, provided that they abide by strict health recommendations.

    Youth hostels must remain closed.

    Reminder: travel between regions is not recommended.

  • Teleworking

    All employees of businesses, organizations or the public administration who perform administrative tasks or office work must continue to perform such tasks through teleworking in their private homes or the equivalent, except for employees whose presence is essential for the pursuit of the activities of the business, the organization, or the public administration.

  • 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.

  • Manufacturers and construction companies

    Activities reduced to a minimum to complete commitments. Teleworking is mandatory when possible and shifts must be adjusted to limit the staff present at any time on production and construction sites.

    The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) steps up its initiatives in the workplace to ensure compliance with health recommendations.

  • Spas

    Open. Reservations are mandatory and a customer register must be kept. A distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times 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 them 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

    School staff are required to wear a procedural mask in all common areas, except in class in order to communicate, with the mask removed for the shortest possible period and if they are able to maintain a distance of 2 metres from students.

    Preschoolers and students in Elementary Cycle One and Two are not required to wear a procedural mask.

    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.

    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. 

    At all times, students may be part of only one stable class group, with no physical distancing requirement.

    Students from different stable 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).

    Extracurricular activities are permitted within the same stable class group only, before and after classes and during lunch hour. Field trips are permitted, but only within the same stable class group. It is possible to replace field trips with virtual activities or activities that take place at school, provided certain terms and conditions are met and the current health measures are respected. However, overnight stays outdoors 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 must be kept to a minimum.

    School daycare services must be 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.

    School staff members must wear masks in all common areas, except in class in order to communicate, with the mask removed for the shortest possible period and if they are able to maintain a distance of 2 metres from students.

    Students are not required to wear a mask during indoor or outdoor recreational activities or sports, unless students from a different class group are present.

    Extracurricular activities are permitted within the same stable class group only.

    Field trips are permitted, but only within the same class group. It is possible to replace field trips with virtual activities or activities that take place at school, provided certain terms and conditions are met and the current health measures are respected.

    However, overnight stays outdoors 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.

    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 in person based on the locally determined school calendar. This is also the case for ongoing training offered by services to businesses.

    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 field trips 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.

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

  • Post-secondary institutions

    All types of teaching activities, including theory courses, can take place in person.

    A blended learning approach is recommended.

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

    Students must wear procedural masks at all times, except:

    • during some educational activities that involve singing, playing wind instruments, theatre or physical activity
    • when they are eating
    • during oral presentations

    Access to in-person education should be prioritized for certain groups of students, including new students and students with special needs.

    Each educational institution is responsible for applying the guidelines pertaining to Level 3 to the additional facilities on campus as well as to recreation and sports.

    Each institution is responsible for implementing measures for monitoring and controlling on‑campus traffic, and for ensuring that the current health guidelines are respected.

  • 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.

    People 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 inside and when the physical distance of 2 meters cannot be respected outside on the field;
    • The same person may 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

    • One person at a time inside the facility (room);
    • 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.

    Resident in isolation or facilities where there is an outbreak

    Visits

    • 1 informal caregiver who has been identified and trained and who is known by 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

    • One person at a time inside the facility (rental unit);
    • 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 4 residents per table, favoring the same groups of residents. 1 person can go to the dining room with the resident, according to the usual rules of the facility.

    Resident in isolation or facilities where there is an outbreak

    Visits

    • 1 informal caregiver who has been 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 and curfew 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

    The services of community organizations, including in-person activities, are allowed. 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 25 participants.

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

    Organizers must provide the necessary documentation for participants and employees if activities require travel during curfew hours. Whenever possible, meeting schedules should be adjusted to take curfew hours into account.

  • Other long-term applicable measures

    Broader police interventions.

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