All regions of Quebec in the green zone as of June 28

 

 22 June 2021

The epidemiological situation continues to improve in Quebec. Quebec Premier François Legault announced that Quebecer’s resilience and unwavering support for health measures are now allowing for further relief. “Hospitalizations continue to decline. Vaccination is going well. We have reached our goal of 75% of the population aged 12 and over-vaccinated for the first dose. We’re even at 80 percent, so exactly where we wanted to be at this point with our vaccination plan and our decontamination plan! “he said.

The Premier announced today that new relaxations will be possible in the green zone and that all regions of Quebec will be at this new level as of Monday, June 28 at 00:01.

In addition to the relaxations already provided, the new relaxations in the green tier are as follows:

Private gatherings and outdoor patios

  • Gatherings of up to 20 people will be permitted on the private outdoor property. Similarly, 20 people will be allowed at the same table on restaurant and bar terraces.
  • It should be noted that in the Green Zone, a maximum of 10 people or the occupants of 3 different residences may gather inside private residences.

Cinemas, auditoriums and stadiums with assigned seats

  • The 1.5 m distance between the seats of people who do not reside at the same address can now be calculated laterally. It will no longer be necessary to clear a space of 1.5 m in front of and behind people.

Other relaxations as of Friday, June 25

It should also be noted that other relaxations will come into effect on Friday, June 25 in all regions of Quebec. Among these relaxations, let us mention in particular:

  • masking and distancing during a gathering in private homes will no longer be recommended for people who have received 2 doses of the vaccine
  • the resumption of festivals and large outdoor events during which spectators are standing or sitting without assigned seats, with a maximum of 3,500 people allowed on each site, in compliance with certain measures.

“In closing, I would like to wish all Quebecers a wonderful Fête Nationale! Let us be proud of our nation, our history, and our beautiful French language. Thank you and have a good summer,” concluded the Premier.

“As for the 2nd dose, we are only at 20% for the moment. So, we have a big mission for the summer: to get everyone vaccinated with two doses. It’s important, to protect ourselves, it takes both doses. It’s important to get vaccinated with two doses for 3 reasons: 1) to protect ourselves; 2) to protect our loved ones, and 3) to finally get back to a normal life. In the meantime, we need to stay safe. “

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we are now in a position to announce new relief at the green level, in addition to what was already planned. We can be very proud of what we have accomplished together over the past few months. Vaccination is having a real impact on the epidemiological situation. I remind people who still haven’t gotten their first dose that it is still possible to do so, even as the second dose is progressing rapidly. “

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

Highlights:

  • Also, note that wedding ceremonies and funerals may be held in indoor and outdoor public places with an attendance of up to 250 people who must remain seated (as during assemblies or meetings). Other measures apply to receptions. See the website regarding receptions, weddings, and funerals.
  • Please note that karaoke-style activities remain prohibited in all public places. Dancing is not permitted in bars. However, entertainment in establishments such as bars and breweries is permitted.

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“We succeeded in delivering our commitments to Quebecers. “

 

 11 June 2021

Premier François Legault, accompanied by Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Safety Geneviève Guilbault and Minister of Justice and House Leader Simon Jolin-Barrette, took stock of the parliamentary session that ends today. “The battle against COVID-19 has kept us very busy in the last few months, but at the same time, we have continued to advance our five priorities: education, the economy, health, the environment, and the sense of pride in being who we are. We have succeeded in delivering many of our commitments to Quebecers,” said the Premier.

Health

Thanks to the admirable work of the staff in the health network and the exemplary collaboration of the Quebec population in defeating the third wave of COVID-19, Quebec is on its way to winning the battle. “We have resisted the third wave much better than anywhere else in the world. We are one of the nations with the best vaccination coverage, and everything is in place to succeed in our race to the second dose. We still have some work to do, but we are finally getting there. And this is thanks to the immense efforts of the population over the past 15 months. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all Quebecers! “reiterated the Premier.

Despite the pandemic, several issues have moved forward. For example, the government introduced a bill to combat elder abuse and presented a national policy on caregivers, a first in Quebec’s history. Significant sums of money have been invested to tackle domestic violence, notably for the benefit of shelters. The government is also working on the follow-up to the Laurent Commission report; a national director of the DPJ, Catherine Lemay, was appointed on March 17 and significant investments were announced by Minister Lionel Carmant.

Education

The greatest achievement of the past few months is that we have managed to keep our schools open despite the pandemic,” said François Legault. Quebec is one of the only places in the world where schools have remained open for the greatest number of days.

Minister Jean-François Roberge also announced the addition of professionals, and a vast tutoring program for students in difficulty has been put in place to help our youth.

Another piece of good news that has marked the last few months is the improvement of working conditions for teachers with agreements on new collective agreements. Teachers will see their working conditions improve with a historic salary increase and greater autonomy.

Economy

The Quebec government’s commitment to success and economic development continued in 2021. In this regard, it is worth noting the investments of more than one billion dollars to connect all Quebecers by the fall of 2022 and to provide new high-speed Internet services in the regions. The government has increased its partnerships with the private sector to achieve this goal.

Numerous job creation announcements have also been made. “In recent months, major economic announcements have also been confirmed. Investments in Telesat, App Direct, and Lion, among others, will create 1,500 paying jobs in promising fields,” said the Prime Minister.

In terms of public finances, the government’s rigorous management resulted in the tabling, at the end of March, of a responsible budget totaling investments of nearly $15 billion over five years to enable Quebec to recover from the height of the pandemic and to set the course for a balanced budget without raising taxes or making cuts.

Environment

On the environmental front, the government continues to take concrete action on all fronts. For example, a proposal to expand the deposit to all ready-to-drink beverage containers from 100 ml to 2 liters, whether they are made of plastic, glass, metal, or multi-layer cardboard, has been adopted.

On the energy front, a historic agreement was reached between Hydro-Québec, the private sector, and the Innu communities for the implementation of the Apuiat wind farm. This partnership with the Innu will contribute to the development of wind energy in Quebec, a renewable and green source of energy, at an advantageous and competitive price.

In terms of sustainable mobility, the government presented its mobility vision for the greater Capitale-Nationale region, the Réseau express de la Capitale (REC), which includes the Quebec City-Lévis tunnel, a tramway and service to the suburbs on the north and south shores. Dedicated public transit lanes are planned in the inter-river tunnel to connect the entire region, which will benefit the population of the Capitale-Nationale and all of eastern Quebec for generations to come.

Pride

Bill 96, introduced in May, demonstrates the government’s commitment to the protection and promotion of the French. This unprecedented step will also enshrine in the Canadian constitution that Quebec is a nation whose common language is French. The government has continued its plan for economic recovery in the cultural sector.

Finally, earlier this week, the government rolled out its Blue Spaces concept, which totals $259 million in investments to create a cultural, social, and tourism network based on our rich heritage. “These will be spaces of beauty to celebrate Quebec’s successes and heroes. And I am convinced that this will grow our collective pride,” said the premier.


“We are turning the page on another session, still marked by the pandemic. But, for the first time since the beginning, we finally have the feeling that we are winning the battle. We’ve made it through the winter by bringing the virus to its knees. And at the same time, we have managed to continue to deliver on our commitments to Quebecers. I am very proud of the work of our entire government team. We must not lose sight of our major mission for the summer: to get vaccinated with the two doses. If we manage to do that, the summer of 2022 will be the summer of connections! “

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

Main bills passed during the last parliamentary session :

Adoption of Bill 77 to create the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire du Québec
This bill, which has been requested for many years, ensures the long-term development of the Institute by allowing it to be more autonomous and by reducing the administrative constraints in its human resources management. (March 10, 2021)

Passage of Bill 67 to better support municipalities
This bill will allow municipalities and regional county municipalities (RCMs) to participate t in economic recovery and to be better equipped to deal with emergencies, such as floods and pandemics. (March 26, 2021)

Adoption of Bill 60 to simplify recruitment in the Quebec public service
The adoption of this bill will allow the Quebec public service to modify its staffing process to reduce hiring delays and respond effectively to the various labor needs of departments and agencies. (April 19, 2021)

Adoption of Bill 65 to reform the deposit and recycling systems
This new law provides the government with the enabling authority to reform the deposit and curbside recycling systems to reduce the environmental footprint of these products. (March 11, 2021)

Passage of Bill No. 73 to restore public coverage of in vitro fertilization services
This legislation fulfills a long-awaited commitment by the government to Quebec families by restoring public coverage of in vitro fertilization services that had not been covered since 2015. (March 11, 2021)

All regions at the yellow or green level as of June 14

 

 8 June 2021

Quebec Premier François Legault announced today that the target date of June 14 will be reached, with all regions of Quebec returning to the yellow level shortly.

“The situation continues to improve in Quebec. Yesterday, we counted only 150 new cases. Vaccination continues to go very well. Quebec is currently one of the places with the highest vaccination rate in the world! We can be very proud of that. Quebecers are united. Our decontamination plan is working and we can even get ahead of it,” explained the Premier.

The following regions or sectors in which measures in the orange zone are currently being applied will move to the pre-alert level (yellow) as of Monday, June 14 at 12:01 a.m:

  • Capitale-Nationale;
  • Chaudière-Appalaches;
  • Eastern Townships;
  • Montreal;
  • Outaouais;
  • Laval;
  • Lanaudière;
  • Laurentians;
  • Montérégie;
  • Kamouraska, Rivière-du-Loup, Témiscouata and Les Basques (Bas-Saint-Laurent).

Activities for Graduates

Following a recommendation from Public Health, it has been announced that certain relaxations will allow students graduating from high school to celebrate this important milestone.

As of July 8, balls will be able to accommodate a maximum of 250 people outdoors, in compliance with the health regulations in effect.

It is also possible to organize a recognition or graduation ceremony at the green and yellow levels, with a maximum of 250 people, where participants remain seated. Parents are allowed to attend these activities if the maximum number of people is respected.

Remember that youth immunization is an important factor in making these events as safe as possible.

“Graduation ceremonies with parents will be allowed, as long as we keep our distance. As for the dances, it should be noted that a good portion of the youth will be vaccinated by June 24. Starting July 8, dances will be allowed outside. Have a good ball! “said the Prime Minister enthusiastically.

Opening of bar terraces

Finally, as of this Friday, bar terraces will be able to reopen. These new relaxations are scheduled for June 11:

  • orange tier: two adults from different residences or occupants of one residence per table;
  • Yellow level: two residences per table;
  • Green: three residences per table or 10 people from different residences per table.

“To those who have not received their first dose, please go ahead! Now our challenge is for everyone to get their second dose before the end of August. Those who have had the Pfizer vaccine can already move up their appointment. The rest of us will get our second dose in the next few weeks, as soon as we receive the vaccines from Ottawa. Everything is in place for us to have a great summer.

It’s all thanks to you. Have a great summer! “

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“The situation continues to improve throughout Quebec, thanks to the efforts of Quebecers and the vaccination campaign. The news is very encouraging, but we must nevertheless remain cautious, respect the rules that accompany the gradual decontamination and get vaccinated. “

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

Highlights:

  • As a reminder, as of June 11, supervised sports and recreation will be permitted outdoors in groups of 25 people. These activities will be allowed to be done without contact for the orange tier and with brief contact for the yellow tier.

Related Links:

  • To learn more about COVID-19 and the measures in place: Québec.ca/coronavirus
  • A map of alert levels by region is available.

To learn more about the reopen plan and the upcoming relaxations by level: Québec.ca/deconfinement

Acceleration of the second dose of vaccine

 

 8 June 2021

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, unveiled today the schedule for the opening of appointments that will allow people 18 years of age and older to receive the second dose of the vaccine earlier.

It should be noted that individuals will have to ensure that they respect an interval of 8 weeks or more between the two doses.

As with the first dose, the opening of the appointment change will be done according to the order of priority established by age group. As of June 7, people aged 80 and over will be able to move up their appointment for the second dose of vaccine by visiting www.quebec.ca/vaccinCOVID. It is the age reached that will be considered when receiving the vaccine, not the year of birth.

  • June 7: 80 years and older
  • June 8: 75 years and older
  • June 9: 70 years and older
  • June 10: 65 years and older
  • June 11: 60 years and older
  • June 14: 55 years and older
  • June 15: 50 years and older
  • June 16: 45 years and older
  • June 17: 40 years and older
  • June 18: 35 years and older
  • June 21: 30 years and older
  • June 22: 25 years and older
  • June 23: 18 years and older

When you make a new appointment to bring forward the second dose, the one made for the first dose will be automatically canceled.

In addition, it will also be possible to reschedule an appointment online to obtain the second dose from AstraZeneca.

“The vaccination campaign continues to progress well. Our vaccination teams have done an outstanding job over the past few months. We are continuing to build on this momentum and as we receive large quantities of vaccine in the coming weeks, it will be possible to move up your appointment for the second dose. I would like to remind those who have not yet made their appointment for their first dose to do so without delay. Many are looking forward to receiving their second dose and the time slots will fill up quickly. “

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

Highlights:

  • The goal is for all Quebecers to be adequately vaccinated before August 31.
  • Finally, let’s remember that the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is important and necessary, as it allows for a more complete immune response and a longer duration of protection.

Related link:

For all relevant information on vaccination: Québec.ca/vaccinCOVID

All regions downgraded from the highest alert level

 

 3 June 2021

Quebec Premier François Legault announced today several changes in the alert levels that will take effect on Monday, June 7 at 12:01 a.m. The last sectors that are still at the maximum alert level (red) will then move to the alert level (orange). This means that all regions of Quebec will be in the orange, yellow or green zone.

“Thanks to your efforts, the situation continues to improve. The number of new cases is decreasing everywhere in Quebec. The number of hospitalizations and deaths also continues to decrease. The situation is really very encouraging! Our decontamination plan can therefore continue as planned and, in fact, it will even accelerate a little,” explained the Premier.

This means that regions or sectors where red zone measures are currently in place will be moved to the orange level:

  • Montreal;
  • Laval;
  • MRC du Granit (Eastern Townships);
  • Beauce-Sartigan, L’Islet, Montmagny and Robert-Cliche RCM (Chaudière-Appalaches);
  • Kamouraska, Rivière-du-Loup, Témiscouata and Les Basques RCMs (Bas-Saint-Laurent).

Several regions or sectors will move to the yellow level:

  • Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean;
  • Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec;
  • Rimouski-Neigette, La Mitis, La Matapédia and Matane RCMs (Bas-Saint-Laurent).

Some regions will go green:

  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue;
  • North Shore;
  • Nord-du-Québec.

“I would like to remind everyone to maintain basic sanitary measures, masks, and two-meter distance until we have all received our two doses of vaccine. With only one dose, vulnerable people can be infected. We must absolutely remain cautious, “warned the Prime Minister in the context of the deconfinement that began last weekend.

“Our decontamination plan is going as planned. Moreover, at this time, Quebec is one of the places in the world where the population is being vaccinated the fastest. We need to continue. The more people who get vaccinated with two doses, the sooner we can start our parties again! So make your appointments. We need everyone to get back to normal. “

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“As of June 7, the last regions that were still at the red level will move to the orange level, and several others may even move to lower alert levels. This is excellent news, and it is thanks to everyone’s efforts. The overall situation in Quebec is very encouraging. To have a great summer, we must continue to respect the measures still in place and get vaccinated. “

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

Highlights :

As a reminder, since May 28, relief has been granted in all regions of Quebec:

  • no curfew;
  • outdoor restaurant terraces are open (red and orange zones: two people with minor children or occupants of the same residence; yellow zone: occupants of two residences) ;
  • gatherings allowed on private outdoor property and balconies (maximum of eight people from different residences or occupants of two residences, with distance) ;
  • removal of travel bans;
  • easing of rules for large indoor halls and outdoor stadiums with fixed pre-assigned seating.

Related links :

For more information on COVID-19 and the measures in place: Québec.ca/coronavirus