Quebec will be easing COVID-19 restrictions across most of the province after March Break.
During a Wednesday evening press conference, Premier François Legault says coronavirus cases have plateaued in the province. “There are no more increases in cases and hospitalizations,” said Legault.
The premier says the health network is too strained in Montreal and expects cases to rise due to the UK variant of COVID-19.
Apart from the Montreal metropolitan area, Laval, Montérégie, the Laurentians and the Lanaudière region, all of Quebec will be downgraded to orange zones.
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Here is what’s permitted to reopen in orange zones, as of March 8. It should be noted that orange zone curfews have been extended to 9:30 pm nightly, instead of 8 pm.
- Gyms and fitness centres
- Restaurant dining rooms
- Event venues
- Indoor sport activities
- Cinemas and theatres
- Places of worship can increase to 100-person capacity
In terms of restaurants across orange zones, a maximum of two adults per table are permitted who may be accompanied by their children under the age of 18.
Restaurants must keep an attendance register and only customers with proof of residence in the same region as the restaurant are admitable.
Private indoor and outdoor gathering at homes or cottages are still prohibited.
The government also does “not recommend” travel between regions, except for “essential travel, students, workers, shared custody, and freight transportation.”
Ce soir, on a annoncé que certaines régions allaient passer au palier orange dès lundi prochain. Si on veut que ça marche, c’est important de suivre les consignes. C’est important de ne pas se rassembler et de garder ses distances.
Voici un résumé des consignes diffusées 👉 pic.twitter.com/jZJPDAKmoe
— François Legault (@francoislegault) March 3, 2021
Legault says the vaccination of Quebec is “going well” but says the next few weeks will be “critical.”