Québec will be under confinement from January 9 to February 8, 2021. A curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and other specific measures will apply during this period. To find out about the measures, please visit the Confinement in Québec page.

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

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

Intermediate measures in force

  • At home (house and cottage) indoors or outdoors

    Maximum 6 people

    Go to the Gatherings and audiences during the COVID‑19 pandemic to learn more about other measures you must observe.

  • Private indoor or outdoorgatherings

    Maximum 6 people 

    Go to the Gatherings and audiences during the COVID‑19 pandemic to learn more about other measures you must observe.

  • Educational childcare services

    The English version will be online shortly.

  • Travel between regions and cities

    Not recommended

  • Preschools and elementary schools

    The principle of stable class groups applies.

    Students can be part of up to 2 stable groups in addition to the main class group, in order to participate in special pedagogical projects and extracurricular activities.

    A distance of 1 metre must be maintained between students from different stable class groups, and 2 metres must be maintained between students and staff.

    When this is not possible, staff must wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Elementary 5 and 6 students are required to wear a face covering and staff are required to wear a procedural mask when in common areas, when moving around the school, and when using school transportation. In school daycare services, every effort is made to group students according to their stable class group.

  • Secondary schools

    The principle of stable class groups applies.

    Students can be part of up to 2 stable groups in addition to the main class group, in order to participate in special pedagogical projects and extracurricular activities. Additional stable groups may be created for optional courses.

    All students are required to wear a face covering and staff are required to wear a procedural mask when in common areas, when moving around the school and when using school transportation.

  • Post-secondary institutions

    Blended learning approach allowing students to receive teaching services both in-person and at a distance.

    The organization of facilities and schedules must comply with the health guidelines.

    Students must remain 1.5 metres apart when they are seated in classrooms and when working individually at the library.

  • Adult education and vocational training centres

    A distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times between students and staff. If it is impossible to do so, students and staff must wear personal protective equipment (PPE).
    Adult learners/students must wear a face covering at all times, except when they are seated in a classroom with 1.5 metres of distance between each person or if they are seated in order to eat or drink.

  • Sports and recreation

    Travel between regions, either starting or ending in an orange zone for the purpose of organized sports and recreational activities is permitted but not recommended for schools, associations or private sports clubs.

    Organized activities: maximum of 25 people, including participants and training staff, per site. One spectator/trainer is permitted per participant, up to a maximum of 25.

    Competitive team sports and recreational activities: 2 teams can be present on each site, including the training staff. The maximum number of participants permitted for one game is determined by the sports federation or provincial governing body. Ideally, the number of people present should not exceed the stated capacity. It is advisable that all possible efforts be made to stay within the maximum capacity permitted.

    Individual sports and recreational activities: It is possible to divide events into multiple start times and end times so as not to exceed the maximum attendance capacity at any one time, allowing participants to leave the site before the next event starts.

    Independent practice in an open outdoor area: capacity determined by the site managers.

    Independent practice in a closed outdoor area or indoor area: capacity determined by the site managers, up to a maximum of 25 persons per site.

  • CHSLDs and private seniors' homes (RPAs)

    Go to the page Holiday season in CHSLDs, RIs and RPAs to known the rules that apply to different situations.

    In CHSLDs, visits for humanitarian purposes and visits by informal caregivers who provide significant help are allowed.

    In RPAs, a maximum of 6 people at a time in a rental unit, including the resident.

  • Residential facilities

    Go to the page Holiday season in selected residential facilities to known the rules that apply to different situations.

  • 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

    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.

  • Restaurants

    Maximum 6 people per table

    Alcohol sales end at 11 p.m.

    Drinking ends at midnight

    Go to the Gatherings and audiences during the COVID‑19 pandemic to learn more about other measures you must observe.

  • Bars, breweries, taverns, casinos

    Maximum 6 people per table

    Alcohol and food sales end at 11 p.m., closing time midnight

    Bar customer register mandatory

    Go to the Gatherings and audiences during the COVID‑19 pandemic to learn more about other measures you must observe.

  • Activities organized in a public place

    Indoors and outdoors: maximum of 25 people (rented rooms, festive events, weddings, professional or school celebrations, BBQs, picnics, etc.)

    For funerals, the maximum allowed is 25 people per room (excluding funeral workers and volunteers). Keeping an attendance record is strongly recommended.

    For places of worship, the maximum allowed is 250 people

    In a venue with a liquor licence: alcohol sales end at 11 p.m., no drinking after midnight and dancing is prohibited

    Demonstrations are still allowed, but a mask or face covering must be worn at all times

    Go to the Gatherings and audiences during the COVID‑19 pandemic to learn more about other measures you must observe.

  • Audiences in an indoor public place

    Maximum 250 people

    People must be seated (assigned seats), relatively immobile, with little or no talking, under staff supervision (performance venues, theatres, cinemas, etc.)

    Go to the Gatherings and audiences during the COVID‑19 pandemic to learn more about other measures you must observe.

  • Personal and esthetic care

    Open

  • Private professional and health services

    Open

  • Community organizations

    Services maintained

  • Other long-term applicable measures

    Increased police response

    Offence reports and fines for failure to wear a face covering