Looks like the Quebec government is planning to lift mask mandates in the province by May 14th.
Earlier this month, the provincial government announced that they would be extending the lifting mask mandates in the province to May. They came to this decision after the large surge in COVID-19 cases in the province after events like March break and Easter.
According to interim public health chief Dr. Luc Boileau, we’ve been in a good place these past two weeks in the province. Should cases continue to be stable, Quebecers can expect masks to be lifted by the middle of next month. A final decision is expected to be announced early next week, says Boileau.
In addition, Boileau has shared that they do not wish to return to this mandate moving forward: “We strongly suggested, as a recommendation, that the people could evaluate their own risk and see if they wish to take some personal measure."
While it appears as though we will finally be getting the green light, health officials would like to remind Quebecers that those infected with the BA.2 variant are contagious for up to 10 days, and should be isolated for a minimum of 5 days. They add that when infected, it is not the time to go to restaurants or invite company over after the 5 day quarantine period is done.
For more information on COVID-19 in the province, we invite you to visit the government’s website here.