Quebec easing physical distancing rules at daycares next week

Jun 18 2020, 11:47 am

Public health is easing physical distancing measures at Quebec daycares, effective as of Monday, June 22.

Children in groups of ten or less will no longer have to respect the two-metre physical distancing rules.

Teachers won’t have to keep two metres away either but other adults who work in the centre must keep their distance. Personal protective equipment and face masks must also always be worn.

Daycares outside of the Montreal metropolitan area, Joliette, and L’Épiphanie, will also be able to function at full capacity as of June 22. This also applies to residential daycares throughout Quebec.

Sanitary measures, including frequent hand-washing, disinfecting, and using your elbow to cough into will still be enforced.

Children will also be allowed to use the day care’s variety of items including toys, crayons, and books, all of which will be disinfected after a day’s use.

The announcement was made on Thursday by Quebec’s Minister of Families, Mathieu Lacombe, who says the target date for bringing Montreal, Joliette, and L’Épiphanie daycares to regular capacity is July 13.

Lacombe says the change will help promote socializing between children which he values as an important aspect of their development.