End of curfew on Monday, shops open on Sunday


 13 January 2022

The Premier of Quebec, François Legault, accompanied by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced today the end of the curfew, starting January 17. He also announced the extension of the vaccination passport to certain businesses. These decisions follow recommendations from Public Health and take into account the encouraging progress of vaccination among the population.

To better protect the population, and consequently, the hospital system, an expansion of the vaccine passport to certain retail outlets was recently announced, including SAQ and SQDC stores. This expansion will continue at other stores, starting on January 24.

It is therefore businesses with a surface area of more than 1,500 square meters that will have to impose it on their customers. The exception is businesses whose primary activity is the sale of groceries or pharmaceutical products.

It should be noted that, in addition to the abolition of the curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. as of Monday 5 a.m., the measure requiring the closing of non-essential businesses on Sundays will end after Sunday, January 16.

“The developments allow us to see that the measures we put in place in late December have worked. It also allows us to make some relief to those measures while remaining cautious. We are anxious to resume all sports, to open all restaurants, to resume all shows. But we have to do it gradually to make sure that the contagion doesn’t start again. Let’s be patient and cautious, we’re heading in the right direction!”

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“Although the situation is extremely delicate in terms of the capacity of our hospital system, many measures are in place to provide the population with the services it needs. Now, on the pandemic side, we must turn to vaccination, and the majority of citizens have made a remarkable contribution to this so far. I invite those who are not yet vaccinated to join us in ending this crisis, and I hope that the incentives announced today will convince them.

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services


It is now recommended that people who have already had COVID-19 receive a booster dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. This dose will be offered to all adults starting tomorrow.
It should also be noted that several incentives were announced earlier today to find solutions to the staffing shortage in the health and social services network.

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To learn more about the measures put in place: Québec.ca/coronavirus.

” We can count on the expertise of Dr. Boileau “


 11 January 2022

The Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault, announced today that he has been informed of the decision of the National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, to step down from his position. He took the opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work Dr. Arruda has done since the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr. Arruda will be replaced on an interim basis by Dr. Luc Boileau. A physician who graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke and holds a master’s degree in health administration from the Université de Montréal and a fellowship from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Mr. Boileau has been president and CEO of the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS) since 2015. Prior to his tenure at INESSS, he served as President and CEO of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Montérégie and President and CEO of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ). In this capacity, he has been an expert advisor to the government since the very beginning of the pandemic.

“Dr. Arruda guided us, he protected us with great honesty and humanity. On behalf of the Quebec nation, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, Horacio. Now, the pandemic continues to rage everywhere, in Quebec and the countries of Europe, the United States and Canada. In the coming days and weeks, we must continue our efforts and work together. We will be able to count on the expertise of Dr. Boileau, who has agreed to take over to advise us. I thank him.”

François Legault, Prime Minister of Quebec