June 4, 2021 – Federal and provincial government update on the COVID-19 pandemic
Here is an update on recent decisions and actions by the Canadian and Québec governments in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Easing of health measures in living settings for seniors in Québec
The minister responsible for seniors and informal caregivers, Marguerite Blais, announced the easing of health measures in living settings for seniors at all alert levels starting June 7.
“I’m really very happy to announce these measures that are breathing new life in our living settings in keeping with the opening that began a few weeks ago. Seniors and people who live in these different settings, like all Quebecers, will be able to start seeing their loved ones again with less restrictions, and return to a better quality of life in the context of a pandemic that has seriously affected them for many months,” said Marguerite Blais.
In settings with no outbreak, one person will be permitted in the resident’s room and a maximum of 5 people (6 including the resident) will be allowed on the grounds.
A maximum of 4 people per table in dining rooms will be authorized while favouring sittings among the same residents.
In settings with no outbreak, people from the same residence will be authorized in a resident’s room and a maximum of 5 people at the same time (6 including the resident) will be allowed on the grounds.
A maximum of 6 people per table in dining rooms will be authorized while favouring sittings among the same residents.
In settings with no outbreak, a maximum of 9 people at a time (10 including the resident) will be authorized in the room and on the grounds.
A maximum of 10 people per table in dining rooms will be authorized while favouring sittings among the same residents.
People from the same private seniors’ residence who have received two doses of the vaccine will be able to gather inside their rental unit regardless of the alert level. However, vigilance is still of the utmost importance and prevention and infection control measures must be maintained.
For settings facing outbreaks, one informal caregiver will be permitted per day, regardless of the alert level.
In addition, residents in living settings who take part in private gatherings or public activities can do so without having to quarantine afterwards.
Several leisure activities (bingo, petanque, billiards, etc.) will resume under certain conditions and in keeping with measures permitted for the general population, according to alert levels.
State of the pandemic in Canada
Canada is experiencing a steady decline in the transmission of COVID-19 and the number of serious cases.
Over the last week, 2,300 cases were recorded daily. This represents a 73% drop compared to the peak of the third wave.
Moreover, a little over 2,300 people with COVID-19 received care in our hospitals daily, including 1,000 people in intensive care units.
Canada’s vaccination rollout keeping good pace
Prime Minster Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will be receiving 2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine weekly, until the end of August.
This represents 18.1 million doses in July and in August. Canada has negotiated a delivery option of an additional 3.1 million doses with the manufacturer, for September.
Mr. Trudeau stated that 65% of Canadians eligible for vaccination have received at least one dose. Canada is among the top G20 countries in terms of vaccination.
So far, 25 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Canada.
“This is really encouraging, because the more people are vaccinated, the more we will all be safe, and the closer we get to the end of this crisis. You have good reasons to be hopeful about the summer and the fall,” said the prime minister.