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March 3, 2022 – Update by the provincial government regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

Here is a status report on the recent decisions and actions of the provincial government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Easing of public health measures accelerated

Dr. Luc Boileau, interim Quebec director of public health, announces that the easing of public health measures scheduled for March 14 will instead come into effect on March 12.

“Within the next ten days, most measures will finally be lifted. This is a critical step, and we should be proud of all our efforts. However, we must learn to live with the virus, which is still circulating, and remain cautious,” emphasized Dr. Luc Boileau.

This change is made possible thanks to the evolution of the epidemiological and hospital situation.

Measures as of March 12:

  • 100% capacity in all public places
  • No capacity limit per table in restaurants, bars, taverns and casinos
  • Return to normal business hours for restaurants, bars, taverns and casinos
  • Dancing and karaoke are permitted
  • No restriction on the number of participants for social activities in a rented room
  • Withdrawal of the signature register for visitors of private seniors’ residences

In addition, it will no longer be necessary to present the vaccine passport to access the places covered by this measure.

For more information on the measures in effect starting March 12, click here.

Lifting of obligation to wear a mask

The obligation to wear a mask will be gradually lifted in stages:

  • No later than mid-April, with ten days’ notice: wearing a mask will no longer be mandatory in all public places (excluding public transportation). Public places include all higher education institutions (CEGEPs and universities).
  • At the earliest in May, with ten days’ notice: wearing a mask will no longer be mandatory on public transportation.

The sequence does not concern workplaces and healthcare settings, including CHSLDs.

Good practices to keep for wearing a mask

Despite the gradual lifting of the obligation to wear a mask, it is still recommended in certain situations:

  • When a person has symptoms similar to those of COVID-19
  • During social interactions in the five days following a period of isolation
  • During social interactions for immunocompromised persons