Quebec expected to remove face mask requirements in all public spaces by mid-April and more COVID-19 measures to be lifted in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Quebec government announced in a news release that all public spaces will be permitted to operate at 100 percent capacity, as of March 12. This new measure changes the already existing deconfinement schedule, and will allow bars, restaurants, and casinos to operate at full capacity sooner than expected.
In addition, dancing and karaoke will be permitted with the vaccine passport ending in every area where it was required previously.
A press conference is expected to take place on Thursday morning with public health director Dr. Luc Boileau on the COVID-19 situation in Quebec. One of the major topics expected to be discussed is the lifting of restrictions for mask requirements in the province.
While mask use will continue to be mandatory while using public transportation, masks are expected to be removed entirely in all other areas by mid-April, depending on the state of the virus at that time.
According to CTV News, “Quebec's labour board also provided an update on Wednesday about masking mandates in the workplace, saying that a mask will no longer be required in mid-April with some exceptions, such as "transportation of workers by bus or plane.'”
This is still a developing story.
For more information on COVID-19 in the province, visit the Quebec government website here.