Curfew: Updates by the Deputy Premier
8 January 2021
The Deputy Premier, Minister of Public Safety and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, Ms. Geneviève Guilbault, outlines the measures surrounding the curfew.
As of Saturday, January 9, a curfew will be in effect until February 8 inclusively. Between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., no one will be allowed to be outside their residence or property, unless exceptions are made.
Police officers will act with discernment and judgment, as they have since the beginning of the pandemic. They will continue to ensure that health measures are respected and will be able to intervene if a person is outside his or her residence during unauthorized hours. Offenders will be subject to fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.
Employers will be able to provide proof of necessary travel for their employees. Organizations that have not already produced one can obtain an example here.
“We know that these measures are demanding and require extra effort. Ultimately, we are doing it to protect our health care system and to save lives. The battle is not yet won, and we must protect Quebecers first and foremost. I would like to salute the work of the police officers who have been on the front lines for several months and who are doing a difficult job. They are allies in our fight against the virus and I sincerely thank them for that. »
– Geneviève Guilbault, Deputy Premier, Minister of Public Safety and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
The following is a summary of permitted exceptions:
- A person who is required to report to work;
- A person who has to pick up medication after a medical appointment;
- Going to or from a hospital or clinic, dentist or optometrist;
- A person who has to go to the bedside of a sick or injured relative;
- A student who is required to attend an evening classroom or laboratory in a recognized school;
- A parent who must drive his or her children to the other parent who has custody of the children;
- A person who returns from abroad (due to work) on an overnight flight and must return to his or her residence;
- A person who needs to fill up with gas to get to work;
- A person who needs to go outside so their dog can “relieve himself”;
- A person who must accompany a person who is unable to drive to a medical appointment;
- A parent who must accompany a sick child to the hospital;
- A parent who has to drive a teenager to work.
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