Infography of October 26, 2020

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October 26, 2020

New rules and directives in force

Maximum alert in certain regions of Québec

The measures in force in red zones are being maintained until November 23, 2020

  • The restaurants, bars, auditoriums, gyms and other commercial enterprises and establishments already covered must remain closed.
  • However, some easing of the measures could be announced in two weeks in regions where the situation continues to improve.
  • Secondary III students in schools in red zones are now covered by the alternating formula that at one and the same time offers classroom instruction and distance teaching.

    Classroom instruction will from now on occur every other day as is now the case for Secondary IV and Secondary V classes.

The COVID Alert app is a good way to help limit the virus’ spread.

You are encouraged to download it now.

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Infography of October 15, 2020

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October 15, 2020

Instructions to follow to ensure a safe Halloween

  • Restrict movements and the accompaniment of children solely to members of the household
  • Limit trick-or-treating to the neighbourhood surrounding the participants’ home and do not enter houses
  • Always stay 2 metres away from other people, wear a face cover, and avoid singing or shouting in front of other people
  • Handwashing is recommended, if need be, and upon returning home

Precautionary measures related to treats

  • When possible, children must collect treats at a place at least 2 metres from the occupants of the house visited

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Infography of October 13, 2020

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October 13, 2020

New measures in force

Maximum alert in certain regions of Québec

New sectors have been designated red zones

  • The entire Montérégie region (the RCMs situated outside the CMM have been added)
  • The entire Capitale-Nationale region (Charlevoix and Charlevoix-Est have been added)
  • The entire Centre-du-Québec region (the MRC d’Arthabaska and the MRC de L’Érable have been added)

The new measures for the sectors added will take effect on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at midnight, except those pertaining to schools and sports, which come into force on Monday, October 19.

A new region has been designated an orange zone

  • Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean

Random checkpoints have been established in the territory.

Non-essential travel between the regions must be avoided.

The COVID Alert app is a good way to help limit the virus’ spread.

Download it now!

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Infography of October 9, 2020

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October 9, 2020

Three good reasons to stay home during the Thanksgiving long weekend

1- To protect people 70 years of age and over, who are at greatest risk of death if they catch COVID-19

They are our parents and grandparents, the people who have built Québec.

2- To protect our children so that they can continue to go to school

Three percent of Québec children cannot attend school at this time because their classrooms are closed.

3- To protect the capacity of our health network to treat the sick

Should the number of hospitalizations increase excessively, there is a genuine risk that the system will be unable to care for you if you get sick.

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Infography of October 2, 2020

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October 2, 2020


Additional measure 

$50 million

Support for the presentation of Québec performances

  • The performing arts
  • Music and variety shows
  • Literature and storytelling

Additional information 

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Infography of October 1st,  2020

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October 1st, 2020

Assistance for Businesses in Regions under Maximum Alert (ABRMA)

Nouvelle aide  

Improvement to the Concerted Temporary Action Program for Businesses (CTAPB) and the Emergency Assistance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (EASMSB)


  • Non-repayable assistance for companies under orders to close who will suffer a loss of income
  • Loan forgiveness of up to 80% of the amount of the loan or $15,000
  • Equal to certain core operating costs payable during the target closure period:
    • municipal and school taxes;
    • rent (part not covered by another government program);
    • interest on a mortgage;
    • utility costs (e.g. electricity, gas);
    • insurance;
    • telecommunication costs;
    • association fees and licencesé

For more information

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Infography of September 30, 2020

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September 30, 2020

New measures in force

Maximum alert in certain regions of Québec

Individuals who fail to comply with health measures will be fined

  • Individuals who fail to comply with health measures in private homes will receive statements of offence issued on portable devices.
  • Demonstrators who fail to comply with the mandatory mask rule will receive statements of offence issued on portable devices.

Awareness-raising activities are planned:

  • along Québec roads for motorists who are changing territory;
  • aimed at students near secondary schools and parks;
  • in the areas that Quebecers visit during fall activities in the Laurentides, Estrie and Charlevoix regions.

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Infography of September 28, 2020

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September 28, 2020

New rules and directives in force

Maximum alert in certain regions of Québec

In force from October 1 to 28 at midnight in the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal, the Capitale-Nationale (except Portneuf and Charlevoix), the Chaudière-Appalaches region and La Rivière-du-Nord Regional County Municipality

  • Receiving visitors in homes or cottages is prohibited

    An exception is made for single individuals (only one visitor), informal caregivers, individuals offering services or support, children in shared custody and workers performing planned work
  • Visits are prohibited to CHSLDs, seniors’ homes and intermediate resources

    (except for humanitarian visits and visits by one informal caregiver)
  • Bars, brasseries, taverns, and casinos are closed
  • Restaurant dining rooms are closed (delivery and takeout orders only)
  • Auditoriums, cinemas, theatres, museums, and libraries are closed
  • All outdoor gatherings with less than 2 metres of physical distancing are prohibited
  • Demonstrations are permitted but wearing masks is mandatory
  • A maximum of 25 people at a time may assemble in places of worship and at funerals
  • Interregional travel is not recommended toward a green, yellow, or orange zone and outside Québec

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Infography of July 13, 2020

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Nouvelle directive en vigueur

Dès le 18 juillet

Le port du couvre-visage ou du masque devient obligatoire dans les lieux publics fermés

  • Les commerces de détail et les entreprises de services
  • Les cliniques médicales
  • Dans un hall d’entrée, une aire d’accueil ou un ascenseur d’un édifice à bureaux
  • Les collèges d’enseignement et les universités, à l’exception des salles de classe
  • Les lieux où sont offerts des activités ou des services de nature culturelle, religieuse, sportive ou de divertissement

Infography of July 3, 2020

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All activity sectors have reopened
Festivals and major events
Regular and sleepover summer camps
Combat sports

Companies, stores and leisure activities

Businesses and stores can resume their activities everywhere in Québec WHILE GIVING PREFERENCE TO TELE-WORK WHENEVER FEASIBLE.

Homes and institutions for seniors

Visits are authorized in homes and institutions for seniors and vulnerable individuals where no outbreak has occurred.

Let’s continue to protect ourselves!

General information—authorized outdoor and indoor gatherings

Stay 2 metres away from anyone else not living in the same home.
Give preference to outdoor gatherings.
People living at the same address can form a bubble, in which physical distancing may be less than 2 metres.
The 2-metre distancing rule remains in effect for contact with people outside the bubble.

Gatherings in a PRIVATE location

Maximum of 10 people from no more than 3 households

Gatherings in a PUBLIC location

A limit of 50 people applies to the following locations and activities:
—Public hearing venues
—Rented halls, including community halls
—Places of worship
—Attending indoor audiovisual productions and/or shoots
—Attending indoor performance recordings
—Attending indoor amateur sports training or events

1.5-metre physical distancing may apply for the following:
—Public hearing venues
—Classrooms for general adult education, vocational training and college and university courses

• 1-metre physical distancing may be used among children of 16 years or less.
• The 2-metre distancing rule remains in effect for contact for adults.

Any group of between 4 and 6 children can make up a “bubble” and reduce distancing among the members to less than 1 metre.
The same classroom can have several bubbles.

The distancing rule between children and between children and certified educational staff is abolished at all Québec daycares.

IMPORTANT: Hygienic directives must be complied with at all times.

Cough into your sleeve
Wash your hands
Keep your distance
Cover your face
(When less than 2 metres apart)

As of July 13, 2020, masks or face coverings will become mandatory on all types of public transit for everyone12 years of age or older.

Infography of June 4, 2020

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Gradual resumption of sports team activities

Starting on June 8

Sports team activities (e.g. soccer, baseball or hockey) may resume in the form of outdoor practice sessions.

Games involving sports teams may resume at the end of June, subject to the approval of the Direction générale de la santé publique.

Various other outdoor sports and recreational activities will also be allowed. For more information, please see Qué

A 2-metre physical distance between individuals must be respected at all times.

Quebecers on the move and staying safe!

Infography of June 3, 2020

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The Act to Restart Québec’s Economy

Speeding up of over 200 public infrastructure projects over the next five years:

  • Construction of 48 seniors homes, throughout Québec
  • Renovation and construction of 39 elementary and secondary schools
  • Renovation  and enlargement of 42 long-term care centres (CHSLDs) and hospitals
  • Start-up of 34 roadway-related projects, including bridge repair
  • Speeding up of 16 public transit projects
  • Designating 23 other projects, such as the Gaspésie railway system and Hydro-Québec’s Appalaches-Maine line
  • Stimulating economic activity throughout Québec
  • More rapid delivery of safe modern infrastructure

Infography of May 28, 2020

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Gradual resumption of activities in Québec courthouses

Starting from June 1

The courts will resume handling non-urgent cases

The resumption hinges on initiatives undertaken in recent months:

  • the establishment of virtual courtrooms
  • the organization of telephone hearings
  • the possibility of signing and submitting electronic documents

Solutions will be implemented to reduce the number of cases awaiting hearings, bearing in mind health rules

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Infography of May 27, 2020

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New directives in force

Health emergency throughout Québec

Gradual resumption of tourist activities

In force on June 1

Throughout Québec

  • Marinas
  • Camping establishments
  • Accomodation in outfitting operations

The reopenings are subject to compliance with the instructions in force, especially physical distancing and the number of people authorized to participate in outdoor gatherings.

In force on June 1

Throughout Québec outside the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal and the MRC de Joliette:

  • Tourist homes
  • Principal residence establishments

The entire dwelling unit, cottage or house must be rented to only one household. These directives also apply to the Sépaq.

Travel between regions continues to be limited in Québec. When such travel is necessary, go directly to the accommodation site to minimize contacts with the environment.

Infography of May 25, 2020

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Deconfinement planning, subject to changes in the pandemic

Private and public sectors

Preliminary phase

Open sectors
  • Garages - April 15
  • Mining sector - April 15
  • Landscaping - April 15
  • Housing construction - April 20

Phase 1

Open sectors
  • Retail trade – stores with direct outside access - May 4 outside the CMM

Phase 2

Open sectors
  • Civil engineering, infrastructure and commercial construction work - May 11
  • Manufacturing (50 employees + 50% of surplus employees per shift) - May 11

Phase 3

Open sectors
  • Individual outdoor sports and leisure activities - May 20

Phase 4

Open sectors
  • Retail trade – stores with direct outside access - May 25 CMM
  • Manufacturing – 100% of employees - May 25
Sectors announced
  • Museums and libraries (circulation desks) - May 29

Phase 5

Sectors announced
  • Professional and therapeutic health care - June 1
  • Personal and beauty care services - June 1 outside the CMM / to be determined CMM
  • Shopping centres, Phase 1 - June 1 outside the CMM
Pending sectors
  • Accommodation, camping establishments and targeted tourist activities, Phase 1

Phase 6

Sectors announced
  • Days camps
Pending sectors
  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • Restaurants, Phase 1
  • Shopping centers, Phase 2 CMM
  • Audiovisuals and postproduction services
  • Outdoor team sports
  • Elite training centres

Phases ultérieures

Pending sectors
  • Places of worship
  • Large gatherings
  • Arts and cultural venues
  • Restaurants, Phase 2
  • Accomodation and targeted tourist activities, Phase 2
  • Bars
  • Gyms
  • Training activities and courses
  • Professionnal sports
  • Cruises

Infography of May 22, 2020

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New directives in force

Reopening starting from May 29 troughout Québec

  • Museum institutions
  • Public librairies
    • Circulation desks only
  • Drive-in cinemas

Resumption throughout Québec starting from June 1st

  • Music and sound recording studios
  • Recoding of performances without audience

The measures recommended by public health authorities must be observed during the resumption:

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres
  • Recourse to technical teams of fewer than 5 people

A mask or face cover is strongly recommended outside the home, especially in stores and on public transit.

Infography of May 21, 2020

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Starting June 22, day camps will open throughout Québec

Special measures will be in effect

  • Counsellor-camper ratios will be reduced
  • Activities must foster compliance with the physical distancing rule
  • Broader application of hygiene measures

The opening of vacation camps has been postponed until 2021, except for some specialized camps for people with specific needs

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Infography of May 18, 2020

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Reminders and new directives in force

Health emergency throughout Québec


Reopening on May 25, 2020 of stores with an outside entrance

Reopening on June 1, 2020 of childcare services



On mass transit

In stores

In crowded places and

Anywhere that it is hard to observe the 2-metre rule

A home-made face cover is acceptable

Wearing a mask, in addition to compliance with the other instructions, helps limit the virus’ spread.

Surgical procedures that were postponed will gradually resume in Québec

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Infography of May 14, 2020

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$2.9 billion in investments are being moved ahead to 2020-2021, in addition to the $11 billion initially planned, for a total of $13.9 billion
$1.1 billion for education and higher education

  • Repair, construction, and expansion

$600 million for public transit

  • Project delivery mainly in Montréal

$700 million for health

  • Hospitals to receive additional beds and equipment
  • Accelerated start-up of the Maisons des aînés project

$130 million for other sectors, including $75 million for information resources in education

  • Addition of technological tools and acquisition of digital equipment
  • Addition and enhancement of wireless hotspots

$370 million for the road network

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Infography of May 13, 2020

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Permitted activities starting May 20

To limit the risk of spreading the virus, activities will resume in accordance with the guidelines issued by the public health authorities.

Non-organized individual leisure activities

  • Jogging
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling (outdoors)
  • Hiking
  • Whitewater and still water canoeing and kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Surfing
  • Rock climbing
  • Horseback riding (outdoors)
  • Day fishing

Non-organized outdoor recreational sports activities carried out individually or in pairs, without physical contact and with limited or no access to sanitation facilities

  • Track and field (outdoor running and throwing events)
  • Rowing (singles only)
  • Speed canoeing and kayaking (singles only)
  • Outdoor cycling
  • Golfing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Open water swimming (lakes)
  • Rollerblading on streets, bike paths or tracks
  • Roller skiing
  • Outdoor tennis (singles only)
  • Triathlon (open water swimming only)
  • Sailing (single rider only)

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Infography of May 12, 2020

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Above all in stores on mass transit, and

anywhere that it is hard to observe the 2-metre rule

This can include a home-made face cover.

By wearing a mask, you are protecting others and thus contributing to limiting the virus’ spread!

Infography of May 5, 2020

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New directives in force

Health emergency throughout Québec

New measures in seniors’ living environments

Starting from May 5

Gradual relaxation of confinement measures

Sectors concerned: Private seniors’ homes where there are no likely or confirmed COVID-19 cases

Residents may go outdoors unsupervised while observing strict instructions, especially physical distancing and the use of face covers in public.

Starting from May 11

Broadening of access for informal caregivers

Sectors concerned: all living environments for seniors and for people with disabilities or autism spectrum disorders

Significant informal caregivers can offer support to a person, regardless of living environment. This measure is subject to a commitment and certain conditions.

Infography of May 4, 2020

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Reminders and new directives in force

Health emergency troughout Québec

Postponement until May 18, 2020 of the reopening of retail stores with an exterior entrance in the Greater Montréal area

There is no change in the other sectors


Trade - Stores with an exterior entrance (May 4 and May 18 for the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal)

Non-residential construction (May 11)

Manufacturer (each shift is restricted to a maximum of 50 workers + 50% of the surplus employees) (May 11)

Manufacturer: 100% of employees (May 25)

Always observe physical distancing measures

Infography of April 30, 2020

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Health emergency throughout Québec

Indoor and outdoor gatherings continue to be prohibited in Québec

No gatherings are allowed of

  • neighbours
  • families
  • friends
  • young people
  • or of any other nature

Avoid all unnecessary travel in the territory

On all Sundays in May, all stores, except drugstores, convenience stores and service stations, will be closed.

Restaurants can remain open for drive-through or takeout orders and delivery. Grocery stores can accept online and telephone orders and make deliveries.

Infography of April 23, 2020

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Québec firms are helping to save lives

To offset certain procurement problems, Québec firms are working, some of them day and night, to produce hospital gowns for health sector staff. This contribution is outstanding and merits recognition.

Thank you to the executive officers and employees of all these companies.

You can be proud of your efforts.

Infography of April 22, 2020

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A plan is being drawn up to reopen schools

The plan will be gradual and adapted to conditions in different regions. It is being elaborated jointly with public health officials.

However, school will not be compulsory between now and the end of the school year. Parents can decide whether to send their children back to school, depending on their circumstances. Children who do not go back to school will not be penalized.

The plan will be unveiled next week. Extreme caution is guiding its preparation.

Infography of April 21, 2020

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Thank you to all the Quebecers, especially numerous young people, who have volunteered to work on farms this summer.

It is important for Québec to achieve greater food self-sufficiency. To do so, we need more people in the fields.

Thanks to our agricultural producers, we have fresh, local produce in our grocery stores.

Thank you for your hard work.