The government announced a plan go gradually reopen the regions spread over several weeks.
Since May 4, 2020, access is allowed to the territories of:
- the Antoine-Labelle, Argenteuil, Pays-d’en-Haut and Laurentides regional county municipalities for the Laurentides health region;
- the territories of the Autray, Joliette, Matawinie and Montcalm regional county municipalities for the Lanaudière health region;
- the territories of the Bellechasse, L’Islet and Montmagny regional county municipalities for the Chaudière-Appalaches health region;
- Rouyn-Noranda for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue health region.
Since May 11, 2020, access is allowed to:
- the Outaouais health region, except for trips from Ottawa to Gatineau;
- the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean and Abitibi-Témiscamingue health regions;
- the La Tuque population centre for the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec health region.
Since May 18, 2020, the following places will be accessible:
- the Bas-Saint Laurent and Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine health regions;
- the territories of the Charlevoix and Charlevoix-Est regional county municipalities for the Capitale-Nationale health region;
- the territory of Ville de Gatineau and Les Collines-de-L’Outaouais regional county municipalities contiguous with Ontario.
Starting from June 1, 2020, the following place will be accessible:
- the Côte-Nord health regions, except for the Golfe-du-Saint-Laurent (Basse Côte-Nord) RCMs.
Starting from June 9, 2020, the following territories will be accessible:
- Cree Territory of James Bay
A reopening plan will be announced later for the other regions and territories.
Despite the reopening of certain regions, all Quebecers are being asked to avoid travelling as much as possible from one region to another or from one city to another.
As well, in order to protect the most vulnerable populations, checkpoints are established to limit travel into and out of the Côte-Nord, Nord-du-Québec, Nunavik and Cree Territory of James Bay regions and territories. Only essential travel are authorized to these regions, for humanitarian reasons, to work or to practice a profession in workplaces where activities have not been suspended, or to obtain the care or services that individuals’ health status requires.
The police may be present at entry and exit points in these regions and territories. In order to validate the appropriateness of a person's travel, the police may ask them to provide certain supporting documents, such as proof of residence, a driver's licence, or a document provided by an employer. Of course, police officers may always use their discretion in making a decision.
Where a business must resort to fly-in/fly-out regional air transport within Québec for its workeres, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) recommends applying the following mitigation measures to limit the risk of spreading COVID‑19:
- reduce the number of workers per aircraft;
- segregate workers displaying symptoms or who have had contact with a case prior to boarding;
- exclude workers who display comorbidity factors;
- apply strict social distancing measures;
- limit the number of people in common areas;
- disinfect more frequently;
- provide for isolation measures for workers who appear to be developing symptoms in the workplace;
- monitor symptoms;
- implement adapted, adequate health services;
- provide for emergency transportation if need be.
New procedure for travel to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Travellers who have to use the road and ferry to travel to and from Îles-de-la-Madeleine must now fill out a form to be allowed to cross New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
They must print this form and have it on hand when they travel, along with their reservation on board the CTMA ferry and all documents confirming the valid reason for their trip (proof of principal residence, secondary residence [tax account], medical paper, document provided by an employer, etc.).
If the traveller completes the form in French, it is recommended that he or she also print the English version of the form without completing it in order to facilitate verification by New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island authorities.
Last update: May 21, 2020