“The situation continues to improve in Québec. “


 14 May 2021

Due to the favorable evolution of the epidemiological situation in several regions of Quebec, Quebec Premier François Legault has announced the lifting of emergency measures in the Outaouais region and in the Rimouski-Neigette RCM of the Bas-Saint-Laurent.

“We are going through the third wave together. We are getting vaccinated faster than in the rest of Canada. We will soon be announcing a complete relaxation plan. We’re getting closer to the time when the terraces will open. Our children will be able to play sports together. We will finally be able to visit each other, to be outside,” said the Premier, referring to the overall improvement of the epidemiological situation in Quebec.


As of May 17 at 12:01 a.m., the special emergency measures will end in the MRCs of La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau, Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais and Pontiac. The entire Outaouais region will be at the maximum alert level (red).

Lower St. Lawrence

As of May 17 at 12:01 a.m., special emergency measures will be lifted in the Rimouski-Neigette RCM. The maximum alert level (red) measures will apply in this territory. The RCMs of Kamouraska, Témiscouata, Rivière-du-Loup and Les Basques remain under special emergency measures.

It has also been announced that high school students will return to class in areas where special emergency measures apply, as of May 17. Secondary 3, 4, and 5 students will be in class every other day, as they are in the red zone. However, distance learning will remain in effect for high school students in the Lower St. Lawrence MRCs who are still under special emergency measures.

“What I am most pleased about is that almost all children in Quebec will be able to return to school by next Monday. There are few places in North America where schools have been open as long as they have here. This is a great source of pride. And for that, I thank the teachers, the principals, and all the staff. On behalf of our children, thank you! “, said the Premier.

“This week, it’s the turn of young people to make an appointment for vaccination. And I have a message for you. Vaccinated means solidarity. It means pride and freedom. And, most importantly, it means a great summer. So get out there. Make an appointment en masse. Come and get vaccinated. I’m counting on the rest of you. “

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“The daily report shows the efforts that have been made in several regions of Quebec to limit the spread of the virus. This is very encouraging. What is important at this point in the pandemic is to maintain these gains and not cause a new increase in transmission, while waiting for a large part of the population to be vaccinated. With the opening in the next few days of scheduling for new-age groups, we are getting even closer to our goal. “

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

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To learn more about COVID-19 and the measures in place: Québec.ca/coronavirus