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May 27, 2021 – Provincial government update on the COVID-19 pandemic

Here is an update on recent decisions and actions by the provincial government in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plan to resume sports and recreational activities

 Minister for Education Isabelle Charest announced the details of the plan to resume sports and recreational activities over the summer season.

Outdoor sports and leisure

Starting June 11, supervised sports and leisure activities will be permitted outdoors in groups of 25 people in yellow zones. Sports involving brief contact, such as soccer, baseball and volleyball, will be permitted.

In red and orange zones, non-contact sports, such as tennis and pétanque, will be permitted.

Starting June 25, outdoor tournaments and competitions with spectators will be permitted in green zones. Sports activities will be permitted in groups of 50 people.

Indoor sports activities

 Starting June 25, indoor sports activities can resume according to the regional colour code. “A transition to yellow will mean the return to indoor activities of up to a maximum of 12 people, but league activities, competitions and tournaments will only be permitted once a region has transitioned to green, for groups of up to a maximum of 25 people,” said Isabelle Charest.

At the end of June, indoor combat sports will be permitted in green zones.

 Vaccination – Schedule for the second dose  

 Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé announced that next week the government will publish the schedule for administering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointment changes can be made as of June 7.

Appointments will be made by age category, as was the case for the first dose.

Second dose of AstraZeneca

 The Comité sur l’immunisation du Québec (CIQ) issued a new opinion, reducing the recommended interval for receiving the second dose of AstraZeneca from 16 weeks to 8 weeks.

People who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine before April 3 can get their second dose in walk-in clinics as of May 29.

Quebecers who received their first dose of AstraZeneca, but who would prefer to receive another vaccine for their second dose will be able to do so, but they will have to postpone the date of their second dose.

There are presently 150,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Québec. Other deliveries are scheduled for June.