Level 4–Maximum Alert includes targeted and additional more restrictive measures that could extend to prohibiting non-essential activities in situations where risk cannot be sufficiently contained, while avoiding the generalized confinement that was experienced during the first wave of the pandemic as much as possible.

Measures in force

  • At home (house and cottage) indoors or outdoors

    Prohibited:

    • visitors from another address

    Allowed:

    • a single visitor from another address for single people (they are advised to always invite the same person in order to minimize social contact)
    • informal caregivers
    • people who are providing a service or support
    • labour for planned work
  • Private indoor or outdoorgatherings

    Prohibited

  • Travel between regions and cities

    Not recommended to a green, yellow or orange zone and outside Québec (except essential travel, students, workers, shared custody, freight transport)

  • Preschools and elementary schools

    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). 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.

    Extracurricular activities are suspended.

    Field trips and interscolastic activities are suspended.

    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.

    Loans and rentals of rooms are suspended, except in the case of daycare services and sponsors of special pedagogical projects.

    Wearing a procedural (or surgical) mask is mandatory for all school staff at all times in common areas, both indoors and outdoors.

    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 that respect the physical distancing guidelines.
    Students eat lunch with their stable class group.

  • Secondary schools

    All students must wear a face covering at all times in common areas and on the school grounds. 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 suspended. Field trips and interscholastic activities are suspended.

    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.

    Loans and rentals of rooms are suspended.

    Wearing a procedural (or surgical) mask is mandatory for all school staff at all times in common areas, both indoors and outdoors.

    School visitors are kept to a minimum.

    Students eat lunch with their stable class group.

    Students in Secondary III, IV and V attend school every second day. This does not apply to students with disabilities, social maladjustments or learning difficulties who attend a specialized school, special classes or the Work-Oriented Training Path.

    Optional courses must take place with 2 metres of distance between students at all times if they are not from the same stable class group, or through distance education.

  • Post-secondary institutions

    As many activities as possible provided through distance education.

    In-class activities are permitted if the presence of students is essential for learning or evaluating learning.

    Internships and lab work continue.

    Libraries remain open only to permit access to the circulation desk and individual workspaces.

    In-person class attendance is preferred for students who are at risk of dropping out or who have special needs.

    Extracurricular activities and field trips are suspended.

  • Adult education and vocational training centres

    All adult learners/students must wear a face covering at all times, except when seated in a classroom with 2 metres of distance between each student. Students and staff must stay 2 metres apart. When this is not possible, students and staff are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Staff members must wear a procedural mask at all times, except in class, where there must be a 2-metre distance between staff and students.

    Distance education is preferred for programs for which this method is suitable.

    Internships and lab work continue.

    In-person class attendance is preferred for students who are at risk of dropping out or who have special needs.

    Extracurricular activities and field trips are suspended.

  • Sports and recreation

    Travel between regions, either starting or ending in a red zone is not recommended.

    No organized sports, physical or recreational activities are permitted.

    Activities that are carried out individually or in pairs and individual training are allowed, provided that the health guidelines are followed.

    Indoor and outdoor sports and recreation facilities may remain open for individual activities, but access to locker rooms is not permitted; however, washrooms remain available. Locker rooms may remain open for access to free swim at pools and for Sport-études and sports concentration activities.

    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.

    Competitions and spectators are not permitted. However, while the number of people should be reduced to a minimum, it is possible to permit one person to accompany another when necessary (e.g. the parent of a child under 10 years old or the caretaker of a person with a disability).

  • CHSLDs and private seniors' homes (RPAs)

    Visits for humanitarian purposes

    Visits by informal caregivers (1 person at a time and a maximum of 2 people per day in CHSLDs)

  • 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

  • Restaurants

    Dining rooms closed

    Delivery, take-out and in-car orders only

  • Bars, breweries, taverns, casinos

    Closed

    Microbreweries and distilleries, closed only for on-site eating or drinking

  • Activities organized in a public place

    Prohibited, except for places of worship and funerals (maximum 25 people excluding funeral workers and volunteers inside or outside the building and an attendance register must be kept). In addition, no food or alcohol can be served.

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

  • Audiences in an indoor public place

    Performance venues, cinemas, theatres and museums closed

    Libraries closed other than those maintained by educational institutions, with the exception of loan counters

  • Personal and esthetic care

    Services maintained

    Saunas and spas closed, except for personal care

  • Private professional and health services

    Open only for services requiring in-person presence

  • Community organizations

    Services maintained

  • Other long-term applicable measures

    Increased police response

    Offence reports and fines for failure to wear a face covering