At a press conference last week, Premier François Legault announced that some restrictions would be lifted in some regions of Quebec, as of Feb. 8. We’ve received many questions from listeners about these new rules and so we’ve decided to whip up a simple list of what is open and closed in each region.
Here is a breakdown of the various regions classified in orange and red zones, followed by a list of what is open and closed.
These six regions have now been moved to orange alert:
Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean
The following 10 regions remain in red zones:
Curfew orders remain the same for areas in the red zone, with stay-at-home orders in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
In areas that are now in orange zones, curfew will start from 9:30 p.m. and go to 5 a.m.
Private gatherings are still prohibited, unless you live alone, in which case you can have one visitor.
Places of Worship and Funerals
Places of worship are open for a maximum of 10 people in red zones, and 25 people in orange zones.
In both zones, up to 25 people may attend a funeral at a time.
Retailers, including shopping malls, can reopen in red and orange zones with restricted capacity.
Hair and beauty salons can reopen with restricted capacity.
Restaurants and bars
In red zones, restaurants will have to settle for delivery and take out only.
In orange zones, customers much provide a proof of residence in the same region as the restaurant. Reservations are mandatory with exception of fast-food chains. People can dine-in with a maximum of two adults per table, who may be accompanied by their children under the age of 18.
Bars are closed everywhere.
Libraries and museums
Museums including museum institutes, biodomes, planetariums, insectariums, botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos and walkthroughs can reopen.
Libraries can reopen for pick up.
In red zones, cinemas and auditoriums will remain closed until further notice.
In orange zones, cinemas and auditoriums will open on Feb. 26. All attendants will be required to wear surgical masks.
Sports and Recreation
In red zones, outdoor activities are limited to four people per group unless you are all from the same household.
In orange zones, outdoor activities are permitted but limited to a group of 8 people (including lessons).
Indoor activities are permitted in orange zones for one or two people or a family living at the same address. Indoor activities are still prohibited in red zones, however.
Measures remain the same for elementary and high schools.
On-campus learning can resume in universities and CEGEPs with class capacity capped at 50 per cent. All staff and students are required to wear a surgical mask when possible. Masks will be provided to schools by the province.