COVID-19: Here are the new restrictions in Quebec

 

With the Omicron variant fuelling an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases , the state of the pandemic has quickly deteriorated in Quebec.

In recent weeks, the government has gradually added measures to try to slow the spread and protect the province’s health network.

On Thursday, Premier François Legault announced he was further tightening restrictions, including adding a much-debated provincewide curfew.

Here’s a list of the new restrictions going into effect as of 5 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Provincewide curfew

As was the case last January, Quebec will once again fall under a curfew.

The curfew will be in place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Only essential workers travelling to or from work and certain others are exempt from it.

Police officers will be enforcing the curfew. Anyone who breaks it is liable to fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Teenagers over the age of 14 are subject to $500 fines.

Exemptions include people experiencing homelessness, people going to a pharmacy to get medication and people visiting a sick or injured parent, among others. A full list of allowed exceptions can be found here .

Gatherings no longer allowed

After limiting private gatherings to 10 people, then six people, the province has now banned them in an attempt to lower the number of contacts each person has.

People who live alone can visit another family bubble with their children. People can also visit a loved one to provide care.

Business closings 

All restaurants must close their dining rooms, but can remain open for takeout and delivery.

As previously announced, all bars, taverns, casinos and cinemas are closed. Stores must operate at 50 per cent capacity.

For the next three Sundays, all non-essential businesses will close, including grocery stores. The only exceptions are dépanneurs, gas stations and pharmacies.

Places of worship will also need to close other than for funerals with a maximum of 25 people.

A work-from-home order is also in effect for all businesses that can.

Activities and sports

Indoor sports will no longer be permitted other than for a single person, two people or the occupants of a single household.

Outdoor events are capped at 250 people.

Education

High school and elementary school students will not return to in-person learning before Jan. 17. Online schooling will take place according to school schedules.

Universities and colleges will also continue distanced learning until Jan. 17, except for some classes that require students to be in person.

School daycare services will continue for parents in need, with priority given to essential service workers.

A full list of the measures in effect can be found by clicking here .

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