Lifting of special emergency measures in the Capitale-Nationale and certain MRC’s


 5 May 2021

The more favorable assessment of the epidemiological situation means that the exceptional measures put in place in certain regions in recent weeks to slow the spread of the virus can be lifted.

Therefore, the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, announced today the end of special emergency measures and the application of maximum alert (red) measures in the following regions as of Monday, May 10 at 12:01 a.m:

  • Capitale-Nationale region, in the Quebec Metropolitan Community
  • Chaudière-Appalaches region, for the city of Lévis and the regional county municipalities (RCM) of Lotbinière,
  • Bellechasse, Montmagny, L’Islet, Appalaches and La Nouvelle-Beauce;
  • Outaouais region, for the MRCs of Papineau and La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau.

“I am very pleased to announce that in the affected areas, next Monday, May 10, high school students will return to school! In addition, the curfew will be extended to 9:30 p.m. And non-essential businesses will be able to reopen. We’ve managed to break the third wave. Good for everyone! And in the meantime, almost 2 million more doses of vaccine have been given out. As I speak, more than 3 million Quebecers have received at least one dose of vaccine,” the Premier said enthusiastically.

It should be noted that special emergency measures will continue to apply until further notice in the following regions, with the exception of elementary schools, which will remain open or may reopen as of May 10:

  • Chaudière-Appalaches region for the MRCs of Etchemins, Beauce-Sartigan and Robert-Cliche;
  • Outaouais region for the MRCs of Gatineau, Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais and Pontiac;
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent region (except for the MRCs of La Matanie, La Matapédia and La Mitis).

It has also been announced that as of Thursday, May 6 at 12:01 a.m., special emergency measures will apply on the territory of the Granit MRC in the Eastern Townships. However, elementary schools will be able to remain open.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in yellow zone

Due to the improvement of its epidemiological situation, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, which is currently at the alert level (orange), will move to the alert level (yellow) as of May 10.

“With each passing day, more people are being vaccinated and we are getting closer to a more normal life. In the next few weeks, as the situation improves, we will be able to move regions from red to orange and from orange to yellow. Slowly, but surely, we will get there,” said the Prime Minister.

“I would like to say that Quebec is one of the places in the world with the greatest vaccine protection. If you have people around you who are hesitant, tell them to talk to their doctor or pharmacist to answer their questions and reassure them.

And remember that the vaccine is our passport to freedom. “

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“The trend of the last few days is encouraging and allows us to lift the special emergency measures in certain sectors. This is excellent news and shows that the efforts of the population are working. As the pace of vaccination picks up, more and more people will be protected over the coming weeks. “

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services


It should be noted that, following the lifting of the special emergency measures, the measures of the maximum alert level (red) will apply. These include the start of the 9:30 p.m. curfew and the opening of non-essential and personal care businesses, movie theatres, and theaters, as well as the end of distance learning for elementary and Secondary 1 and 2 students and the return of alternating classes for Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students.

Related links:

To learn more about COVID-19 and the measures in place: Qué

A map of alert levels by region is also available.