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.

Unnecessary social contacts are not allowed, e.g. gatherings with family or friends, etc.

These health regions are at Level 3–Alert (orange zone) : Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, Estrie (except for the MRC du Granit), Côte-Nord and Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec. Go to the measures in force in your municipality to find out the specific instructions for your region.

Starting from May 10, 2021, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region will move to Level 2–Pre-Alert.

Intermediate measures in force

  • Curfew

    Between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Quebecers must not leave their homes except in cases that justify travel.

    Allowed exceptions:

    • A person whose presence is required at the person’s place of work or who is transporting goods needed for the ongoing activities of the person’s enterprise;
    • A person who is going to a pharmacy to obtain medication or pharmaceutical, hygienic or sanitary products;
    • A person who must go to or return from a hospital, a clinic, or a dentist’s or optometrist’s office;
    • A person who must go to a vaccination clinic or who must return from it;
    • A person who must visit  a sick or injured parent;
    • A student who must participate in a face-to-face evening class or go to a laboratory in a recognized school;
    • A parent who must accompany his or her children to the home of the other parent who has custody of them;
    • A person who, for final travel to the person’s destination, must take an inter-regional or inter-provincial bus, a train, a plane or a boat providing ferry service on the Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout, d'Harrington Harbour–Chevery, rivière Saint‑Augustin or île d’Entrée-Cap-aux-Meules route, or a maritime service to Île‑de‑la‑Madeleine, île d’Anticosti or the Lower North Shore operated by the Société des traversiers du Québec;
    • A person who must go out so that his dog can do its business, within a radius of no more than one kilometre from the person’s place of residence or temporary residence;
    • A person who must travel in order to comply with a court judgment, to respond to a summons to appear before a court, or to exercise custody or access rights as a parent;
    • A person who must accompany another person unable to drive to a medical appointment or an other essential service;
    • A parent who must accompany a sick child to the hospital;
    • A person travelling to give blood under the supervision of Héma-Québec;
    • A parent who must accompany an adolescent to his work;
    • Homeless people.

    Police officers continue to ensure compliance with health measures and can intervene when individuals are outside their homes during curfew hours. Offenders are liable to fines ranging from $1 000 to $6 000 if they are unable to adequately justify why they are outside the home. Young people 14 years of age and over are subject to a $500 fine.

    To enable individuals who are travelling during the curfew because of their work to readily demonstrate that such travel is legitimate, employers are asked to complete the Employer Attestation Concerning Travel During the Curfew Decreed by the Gouvernement du Québec.

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  • Travel between regions and cities

    Travel are prohibited to regions at Level 2–Early Warning (yellow zones) and to the Côte-Nord and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions.

    An exception is, however, made for essential travel by the following people:

    • people who have their principal residence there or who have to do maintenance work at their secondary residence;
    • people transporting goods in these territories;
    • people who need to travel for compassionate reasons;
    • people who need to travel to obtain care or services required by their health or to provide care or services to a person who requires them;
    • people who work, practice their profession or attend an educational institution there;
    • people who must go there in order to comply with a court judgment, to respond to a summons to appear in court or to exercise parental custody or access rights;
    • federal public service employees whose place of work is in one of these territories and whose presence is required in their workplace by the employer;
    • people who transport goods transiting through Québec;
    • people who reside in the territories of Nord-du-Québec, Nunavik and Cree Territory of James Bay.

    A person who is in a region or territory covered by special emergency measures, region at the orange or red alert level for a reason other than those listed above and who must return to their principal residence in a region at the green or yellow alert level or in the Côte-Nord and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions must self-isolate for 14 days.

    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 in private homes (house and cottage)

    Prohibited:

    • visitors from another address, except for a person who lives alone, with their dependent children where applicable

    Allowed:

    • one informal caregiver
    • individuals offering services 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.
  • 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. No alcohol or food can be served.

  • 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 adults 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.

    An attendance register must be kept. Only customers with proof of residence in a region whose alert level allows access to restaurant dining rooms (green, yellow or orange level) are allowed in the restaurant. With the exception of fast food services, reservations are mandatory.

    Shows are not allowed during meals. Both activities can take place (shows and meals), but at different times. The rules in force for each type of activity must be respected: the rules for restaurants during meals and the rules for shows during shows.

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

    Only delivery is possible during the curfew.

  • Bars, breweries, taverns, casinos

    Bar activities are suspended.

    Microbreweries and distilleries, closed only for on-site drinking.

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

    They can also put on shows if they do not serve alcohol.

    However, an establishment cannot put on shows and serve meals at the same time. Both activities can take place (meals and shows), but at different times. In these cases, the measures that apply to restaurants must be observed during the meal. During the show, the measures that apply to shows must be observed: a procedure mask must be worn, people must stay seated, keep a distance of 1.5 m from people who do not live at the same address.

  • 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, in compliance with the measures in force. The wearing of a surgical mask is mandatory and there cannot be more than 250 people per screen. If the mask is temporarily removed to eat or drink, the person must remain silent.

    Cinemas must ensure that spectators who do not live at the same address maintain a distance of 2 m between seats.

  • Audiences (auditoriums)

    Open in compliance with the measures in force. The wearing of a surgical mask is mandatory and there cannot be more than 250 people per auditoriums. Auditoriums must ensure that spectators who do not live at the same address maintain a distance of 2 m between seats.

    Shows, including a broadcast that take place in a room where a meal is also served, are permitted, but cannot take place during the meal. This measure does not apply for hotels that offer entertainment in their interior courtyard and where spectators attend the performance from their room balcony.

    In these cases the measures applicable to restaurants must be observed during the meal. During the show, the measures applicable to shows must apply: wearing of the mandatory intervention mask, people must remain seated, keep a distance of 2 m between people who do not reside at the same address.

  • Libraries

    Open to all

  • Sports and recreation

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

    No competitions or spectators are allowed.

    Outdoors: Contact-free sports and recreational activities that take place outside are permitted in public places with members of the same household or in groups of up to 12 people from different households. One person can join the group to offer a class or supervision but must remain a minimum of 2 metres from the participants.

    Face covers are always mandatory during outdoor activities, except when:

    • the occupants of the same residence engage in the activity, in addition to a single individual with the latter’s children, thereby forming a stable group, such as a couple that does not reside at the same address;
    • the participants from different residences remain a minimum of 2 metres apart throughout the activity;
    • the individuals are seated more than 2 metres apart;
    • the individuals engage in swimming or water sports.

    Individuals from different residences must always remain 2 metres apart.

    Indoors: Contact-free sports and recreational activities are permitted in all indoor public places that are open. Activities may be carried out alone, in pairs or with members of the same household. Private lessons given to one person or members of the same household are permitted. A distance of 2 metres must be maintained between the teacher and the students.

    Face covers are always mandatory during indoor activities, except when:

    • the occupants of the same residence engage in the activity, in addition to a single individual with the latter’s children, thereby forming a stable group, such as a couple that does not reside at the same address;
    • the participants from different residences remain a minimum of 2 metres apart throughout the activity;
    • the individuals engage in swimming or water sports.

    Individuals from different residences must always remain 2 metres apart.

    Face covers are always mandatory in training rooms (gyms), including for the occupants of the same residence. Training rooms must also maintain a customer register.

    Individuals acting as supervisor or facilitator or offering lessons must wear the personal protective equipment required by the CNESST.

    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.

    Children under 10 years of age are not obliged to wear face covers outdoors or indoors. However, in the school environment or during school activities such as outings or extracurricular activities, masks or face covers may be required. Additional details are available in the “Preschool education and elementary education” section.

    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 and allowing for physical distancing measures to be strictly applied and contact between people to be avoided. 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, warming up 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 entertainment centres and recreation centres, as well as 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. lifeguard or ski patrol training). However, participants in training activities must strictly respect the physical distancing guidelines and the protocols that have been developed.

    Private lessons at home 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.

  • 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.

    To comply with the 9:30 p.m. curfew, all commercial enterprises must close their doors not later than 9 p.m.

    During the curfew:

    • Drugstores remain open on the same schedule and can make deliveries as usual. Drugstores are allowed to sell only medication and essential products such as pharmaceutical, hygienic, sanitary products or offer a professional service. 
    • Service stations remain open on the same schedule as asual. Services stations are allowed to sell only food, non-alcoholic drinks, fuel and products for road vehicles. In other words, service stations are not authorized to sell tobacco products or alcoholic products during the curfew.
    • Grocery stores can make deliveries as usual. 
  • 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

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

    All students in Elementary 1 to 6 must wear a procedural mask in classrooms, in common areas, when circulating in the school and when using school transportation.

    Indoors, wearing a mask is required for all students in elementary school during recreational activities or sports, with the exception of water sports or swimming. Masks may be removed if the 2-metre distance is respected at all times, including between members of the same stable class group.

    Outdoors, wearing a mask is not required.

    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.

    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. 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

    All students must wear a procedural mask at all times in common areas and on school grounds. Staff members must wear procedural 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.

    Wearing a mask is required for all students during indoor or outdoor recreational activities or sports, with the exception of water sports or swimming. Masks may be removed if the 2‑metre distance is respected at all times, including between members of the same stable class group.

    Extracurricular activities are permitted within the same stable class group only. Field trips are permitted, but only within the same stable class group. 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.

    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 field trips are permitted, provided the health guidelines in force are respected.

    Travel to and from educational centres and institutions is permitted during curfew for training offered in the evening.

    Wearing a procedural mask is required at all times in centres, private schools and on the grounds, if they are shared with a secondary school. Students must wear a procedural mask even 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. In class, masks may be removed in order to communicate, but only for the shortest possible period and if teachers are able to maintain a distance of 2 metres from students.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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;
      • identified by the user or the resident of the facility. A maximum of two different informal caregivers identified by the user will be allowed to access the facility. The same caregiver who is known and identified may visit their loved one more than once during the same day depending on the appointment made with the facility.
    • 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.

    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

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

    Outings to attend gatherings

    Outings to attend gatherings are not allowed. 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

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

    Outings to attend gatherings

    • Outings to attend gatherings are not allowed. However, as for the general public, a person who lives on their own in an RPA may meet up with another person. This other person must always be the same person.

    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.
    • Maximum of 2 people per table.
    • 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 35 to 50 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.
    • Visitors and informal caregivers are not allowed in the dining room.
    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 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.