January 25, 2022 – Provincial government update on the COVID-19 pandemic
The following is an update on recent decisions and actions by the provincial government regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Easing of health measures
François Legault, Premier of Québec, Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Luc Boileau, interim National Director of Public Health, provided an update on the COVID-19 situation in Québec.
The announced easing of restrictions will come into effect on January 31 and February 7, 2022.
“We can say that we have come out of the tunnel, but the health train has been in bad shape for years. I understand that people are tired, but we still need to be careful. The idea is to proceed gradually, with caution. We have to take it easy, as they say,” Premier Legault said.
Easing of measures as of January 31:
- Opening of dining rooms at 50% capacity.
- Maximum of four people per table or two family bubbles.
- Maximum of four people or two family bubbles.
- Residential and long-term-care centres (CHSLDs): Maximum of two visitors per day, one person at a time.
- Private seniors’ residences (RPAs): Maximum of four visitors per day, two people at a time.
- In dining rooms: Maximum of four people per table.
Sports and recreation:
- Sports or leisure activities and indoor courses will be permitted for a group of 25 young people under 18 years of age. No games, competitions or tournaments.
- Practice facilities will be allowed to reopen for student athletes and extracurricular activities will be permitted for youth 13 years and older. No games, competitions or tournaments.
- Ski chalet cafeterias will be able to open at 50% capacity, still requiring the vaccine passport.
- Institutions such as the Biodôme and the Botanical Garden will be allowed to open.
Measures coming into effect on February 7:
Movie theatres and concert halls:
- Opening of concert halls, movie theatres and amphitheatres at 50% capacity, with a maximum of 500 people
- Opening of places of worship at 50% capacity, with a maximum of 250 people. A humanitarian exception will be made for funerals or funeral homes: a maximum of 50 people, without a vaccine passport required.
The COVID-19 test result self-reporting form has been online and functional since January 25.
This is an additional tool to monitor the progression of the pandemic in Québec.