New regional alert system


 8 September 2020

The regional alert system with progressive intervention criteria defines additional measures to be taken as needed to ensure public safety in each of Québec’s socio-health regions.

To find out the alert level in your region, consult the Map of COVID-19 alert levels by region.

Government action in the coming months will be focussed on three priorities:

  • Limiting the health, social and economic impact of COVID‑19
  • Protecting the most vulnerable members of society
  • Avoiding healthcare system overload

If it becomes necessary to raise the level of intervention to slow the spread of the virus, the implemented measures will depend on the alert level. Four alert levels have been defined, as follows, with commensurate intervention:

Level 1–Vigilance

Level 1–Vigilance requires constant attention amid the COVID 19 pandemic. This level corresponds to weak community spread and requires that all dictated basic measures are followed in all settings (physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, hand-washing, etc.). Other measures may also apply for specific activities and settings.

Level 2–Early Warning

Level 2–Early Warning is required as soon as transmission of the virus starts to grow. The basic measures will be strengthened and further action taken to promote and encourage compliance. For example, there could be more inspections and greater crowd control in various venues to facilitate physical distancing.

Level 3–Moderate Alert

Level 3–Moderate Alert introduces new measures that target specific sectors of activity and settings where the risk of transmission is deemed higher. These sectors and settings will be subject to selective restrictions, prohibitions and closures.

Level 4–Maximum Alert

Level 4–Maximum Alert includes targeted and additional more restrictive measures that could extend to prohibiting non-essential activities in situations where risk cannot be sufficiently contained, while avoiding the generalized confinement that was experienced during the first wave of the pandemic as much as possible.


The alert levels will be established on the basis of recommendations by public health authorities, who regularly review the situation, taking account of the following factors:

  • Epidemiological situation
  • Transmission control
  • Healthcare system capacity

For more information, consult the detailed document Progressive 4-level regional alert and intervention system.