Movie theatres, indoor sports facilities, and pools will be reopening across Quebec red zones on February 26, in time for March break.
Last week, Quebec Premier François Legault announced the easing of certain restrictions across the province, stating that the rest of the province’s red zone restrictions will remain in place.
Cinemas, sports arenas, and indoor pools will be permitted to reopen on Friday to allow parents to “enjoy activities with their children,” said Legault.
The premier stated that restaurant dining rooms, bars, and gyms will remain closed in Quebec’s red zones and the nightly 8 pm curfew will remain in place. “There are still some significant risks,” said Legault last Tuesday, “the pandemic is not yet over.”
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Legault said the March Break reopening is because children need activities and parents need opportunities to be with their kids during the break, citing that the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful on families.
He stressed that Quebecers must respect the rest of the government’s COVID-19 protocols and public health guidelines.
Il y a encore des risques importants devant nous, au cours des prochaines semaines. On pense que c’est mieux de rester très prudents jusqu’à la semaine de relâche.
Voici les détails de notre annonce d’aujourd’hui👉 pic.twitter.com/RRol91fdoD
— François Legault (@francoislegault) February 17, 2021
People will not be able to gather in groups of more than eight outdoors. It was also stressed that indoor gatherings are still “strictly prohibited” as Legault warned that police will still be issuing tickets to non-compliers.
Legault also said Quebecers are not allowed to rent cottages with other family bubbles.
Additionally, Legault stated stage theatres and music venues are not opening. He said cinemas could be operated safely with people sitting two metres apart, and they can be reopened quickly with little preparation.
There won’t be roadblocks to deter people from travelling inter-regionally as police will be focusing on making sure there are no gatherings in private homes or people breaking curfew.
Legault said Quebec has “a few difficult weeks” ahead and hopes the province can have a “beautiful spring” but insists we have to remain diligent.