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Quebec’s summer reopening plan includes ending the curfew and lifting plenty of restrictions

Quebec’s summer reopening plan includes ending the curfew and lifting plenty of restrictions
/ Emile Nadeau

Quebec’s five-month-long curfew is coming to an end.

Premier François Legault made the announcement at a press conference this afternoon along with revealing plenty of details about Quebec’s summer reopening.

As of Monday, May 24, all schools in the province will open, and on May 28, the curfew will be lifted across Quebec allowing restaurant terrasses to reopen. Up to eight people from different households will be allowed to gather in backyards and travel between regions will be permitted.

As of May 31, the "vast majority" of Quebec regions will go to orange alert under the province's rules: In these zones, restaurants will be allowed to reopen.

On June 11, bar terrasses can reopen across Quebec.

By June 14, most regions will move to yellow alert level, meaning people from two households can gather in homes. Bars will be allowed to open, as well as sports activities and more.

By June 28, most regions will move to green alert level, meaning 10 people from three households can meet in homes.

Legault also set a timeline to remove the province’s mask mandate stating that by June 25 anyone who has received both vaccines would be able to visit other fully vaccinated people inside homes without masks— making Quebec the first province in Canada to do so.

“We are giving ourselves an objective of having more than 75% of the population vaccinated by August, and I’m confident we can get there. Once there, we won’t need to wear masks anymore inside public places.”

Finally, on June 25, summer camps can open and summer festivals will be allowed to take place.

The news comes after Legault announced this morning that Quebec has reached the 75% milestone: meaning three in four adults across the province have been vaccinated with at least one dose or have already booked their vaccine appointment.

“We are finally approaching our freedom! Thank you for making the difference!”

—François Legault, Premier of Quebec

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