The Québec government is authorizing the reopening of all economic activity sectors, except:
- festivals and major events;
- regular vacation camps with accommodation.
Other businesses and enterprises that were subject to prohibitions can now resume their activities throughout Québec, including:
- amusement parks;
- water parks;
- tourist accommodation establishments;
- casinos and gambling houses;
- service firms in respect of activities that cannot be carried out through teleworking.
Gradual return to office buildings by the employees of private-sector businesses
Starting July 18, 2020, private-sector employers whose employees were working at home can have up to a maximum of 25% of their staff return to work. It should be noted that the rate is a maximum, not an objective to be attained.
It is suggested that employees who directly offer services to customers or whose environments are not suited to teleworking return to work. Teleworking is encouraged in the case of activities that can be carried on remotely.
Companies that wish to have their employees return to the place of work must implement the recommended health measures, including observance of the 2-metre social distancing rule. Face covers are also mandatory in all common areas of office buildings.
Specific measures applicable to bars
The following measures will be in force in bars to reduce customer traffic and avoid an upsurge in the virus’ spread:
- the operating hours of the holders of bar permits issued by the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ) are restricted. Bars must stop selling alcoholic beverages at midnight instead of 3 a.m. and customers must also have left bars not later than 1 a.m;
- the reception capacity are restricted to 50% of the capacity indicated on the liquor licence;
- dancing is prohibited and customers must be seated to consume alcohol;
- bar owners must establish a register that records customers’ contact information or have a group of customers designate a person to facilitate epidemiological follow-up in the event of outbreaks. The process will, obviously, comply with privacy rules.
It should be noted that a broader police presence will be provided near busy sectors.
A CNESST inspector could also intervene to ensure that employers have implemented preventive measures to ensure the safety of workers.
The sectoral rules applicable in spaces with specific vocations must be applied to such areas of activity. Specific rules may also be added.
General and sectoral guides are available on the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) website to assist worksites in implementing preventive measures.
Tools are also available on the Institut national de santé publique du Québec website to facilitate the implementation of health recommendations.
It should be noted that health recommendations, including the 2-metre rule, must always be observed.
Last update: July 15, 2020