Given the recent change in the epidemiological situation, special emergency measures apply in the Communauté métropolitaine de Québec and the entire Chaudière-Appalaches and Outaouais regions.
These measures apply until April 25 2021 inclusively. Go to the measures in force in your municipality to find out the specific instructions for your region.
Between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Quebecers are prohibited from leaving their homes or lots, except for:
- individuals whose presence is essential in the workplace or who must transport goods necessary to pursue the activities of their businesses;
- individuals who go to a drugstore to obtain medicines or pharmaceutical, hygiene, or sanitary products;
- individuals who must go to or return from a hospital or clinic, including vaccination clinics, or dentists’ or optometrists’ offices;
- individuals who must go to or return from a vaccination clinic;
- individuals who must visit a sick or injured parent;
- students who must participate in a face-to-face evening class or go to a laboratory in a recognized school;
- parents who must accompany their children to the home of the other parent who has custody of them;
- individuals who, to reach their final destination, must take a bus that provides interregional or interprovincial service, a train or an airplane;
- individuals who must go out to let their dogs do their business within a maximum radius of 1 km around their residence or the equivalent;
- individuals who travel to comply with a judgment handed down by a court, to satisfy a summons to appear before a court, or to exercise custody or parental access rights;
- individuals who must accompany another person who is unable to drive to a medical appointment or another essential service;
- parents who must accompany a sick child to the hospital;
- individuals who travel to donate blood to Héma-Québec;
- parents who must accompany their adolescent children to their work;
- homeless people.
Police officers are continuing 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 their travel is legitimate, employers are asked to download, complete and sign the “Attestation de l’employeur – Déplacement durant le couvre-feu” established by the gouvernement du Québec
The Alert levels map indicates the alert levels in different regions and the measures specific to each one.
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 an order contained in a court judgment or to exercise parental custody or access rights contained in an agreement;
- 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
A person who is in a 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 must self-isolate for 14 days.
Indoor or outdoor gatherings in private homes or cottages
In the territories where the special emergency measures apply, private indoor or outdoor gatherings are prohibited. However, during this period:
- a single individual can join another family bubble; the family bubble in question must always be the same;
- a single-parent family with one or more minor children can join another family bubble, but always the same one.
All the employees of businesses, organizations, or the public administration who engage in administrative tasks or office work must continue to perform such tasks through teleworking, in their private residence or the equivalent, except for employees whose presence is essential to the pursuit of the activities of the businesses, organizations, or the public administration.
The educational milieu and schools
Educational childcare services (day care centres, childcare centres, and family childcare services) remain open. However, to limit contacts, families are advised to keep their children at home as far as possible and to first notify the childcare service.
Preschoolers and elementary school students remain at home and educational services that allow for distance learning are offered during the entire period of application of these measures, as stipulated in the school calendar.
Secondary school students remain at home and distance learning services, according to the usual schedule, are offered during the entire period of application of these measures, as stipulated in the school calendar.
Emergency childcare services in the school environment
In the school environment, emergency childcare services are organized and only accommodate children whose parents work in priority jobs and services that entitle them to such services. The services are available according to the school calendar. Accordingly, no emergency childcare services are offered on planned holidays.
Educational childcare services
Educational childcare services remain open. Parents who are able to keep their child at home are encouraged to do so, if at all possible.
Distance education is preferred, unless the acquisition or evaluation of knowledge set out in a student’s program requires in-person attendance.
Research, laboratory activities and internships can continue, as long as the health guidelines in force are strictly followed.
Student services continue in person for the most urgent needs only, in compliance with the health guidelines in force.
Indoor sports, cultural and recreational activities are prohibited.
Activities that take place outdoors (including lessons and guided training or activities) are permitted in public places, alone with members of the same household, or in groups of up to 8 people.
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.
One person can be added to the group to act as a supervisor or facilitator, or to offer lessons; this person must observe physical distancing and wear the personal protective equipment required by the CNESST rules. Outdoor hotel swimming pools and spas are closed.
Face coverings are not required indoors or outdoors for children under 10 years old, except in school settings (this does not apply to schoolyard activities for elementary students, which have been previously excluded).
At outdoor 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.
Outdoor activities on the sites of museums, biodomes, planetariums, insectariums, botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos are permitted.
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.
Only essential commercial enterprises are open. Consult the list of essential commercial enterprises. Curbside delivery and pickup are possible.
Dining rooms are closed
Delivery, takeout, and drive-through orders only. Only delivery is possible during the curfew.
Seuls la livraison, les mets pour emporter et les commandes à l’auto sont offerts. Durant le couvre-feu, seule la livraison est possible.
Community organizations are allowed to provide services, including in-person activities. 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.
Organizers must provide the necessary documentation to participants and employees if activities require travel during curfew hours. As much as possible, the schedule for services should be adjusted to take curfew hours into account.
Indoor and outdoor sports and leisure activities must comply with the instructions for this type of activity. See the sports and recreation section for more information.
Family community organization services and community drop-in daycare activities are maintained.
Last update: April 19, 2021