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FULL LIST: Acceptable reasons for being out after curfew in Quebec

FULL LIST: Acceptable reasons for being out after curfew in Quebec
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Quebec’s curfew starts tomorrow…

For 4 weeks, between 8 PM and 5 AM Quebecers will need to stay home or prove they need to be out, like a hospital card, receipt, or a note from an employer and it’s important to note that anyone living in a dangerous or abusive situation should not be afraid to leave to get help.

Employers, you can find a template letter for employees who need to be out during curfew at Quebec.ca, and don’t forget fines for violating the rules range between $1000 and $6000.  

Acceptable reasons for breaking the curfew rules include:

  • A person whose presence is essential on the premises of his work
  • Parents picking up teenagers from work.
  • A student who must participate in a face-to-face evening course or in a laboratory 
  • People who work in the transportation of the goods sector.
  • People who are providing necessary health services to someone else, or attending the bedside of a sick family member.
  • A person who has to go to or from the hospital or clinic, to the dentist, optometrist, 
  • A person who has to go to pick up the medication they need following a medical appointment;
  • People who require immediate medical attention, or have an appointment with a dentist or optometrist.
  • A parent who must escort their children to the other parent who has custody of them or parental visitation.
  • People who are shopping for essentials (ex. pharmacies).
  • A person who has to go out so that his dog can “do his business” no further than 1 KM from home.
  • A person returning from abroad (due to work, for example) by night flight or train and must return to his residence.
  • A parent who has to accompany a sick child to the hospital;

Police officers will continue to ensure compliance with health measures and can intervene when individuals are outside their homes during curfew hours. Offenders are liable to fines ranging from $1 000 to $6 000 if they are unable to adequately justify why they are outside the home. Young people 14 years of age and over are subject to a $500 fine.

To enable individuals who are travelling during the curfew because of their work to readily demonstrate that such travel is legitimate, employers are asked to complete the “Attestation de l’employeur – Déplacement durant le couvre-feu décrété par le gouvernement du Québec”.

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