Quebec presents its de-quarantine program | coronavirus

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The plan, presented by Premier Legault, revolves around five dates in February and March, and this should lead to the complete lifting of restrictions placed on restaurants, bars, performance halls, casinos, places of worship, gyms and spas in the state. little.

Brief decontinence program:

from 12 February

  • Removing the legal limit for the number of people allowed meetings in private residences. However, public health recommends a group of up to 10 people or at most three different addresses;
  • Maximum number of people allowed at the same table restaurants and dining rooms expands to 10 people per table or group from three different addresses;
  • Lifting restrictions on visitors CHSLDs and RPAs. A room can have two simultaneous visitors for a maximum of four visitors per day.


from 14 February

  • reopening gyms and spas at 50% of their capacity and resumption of adult sports apps;
  • holding parties team sports will henceforth be permitted;
  • limit outdoor shows up to a maximum of 5,000 people.


from February 21

  • All businesses It can be opened with 100% capacity;
  • Removing the 500 person limit theaters however, they will only be able to fill their rooms to 50% of their capacity.


from 28 February

  • this tournaments and competitions sports will be able to start again;
  • telecommunication will no longer be mandatory, only recommended by public health;
  • this places of worship and theaters Can be reopened at 100% capacity except Bell Center and Videotron Centre;
  • reopening bars and casinos At 50% capacity, but without dancing or karaoke.
  • this restaurants and bars will have to close at 1 Hand the last service will be offered at midnight.


from 14 March

  • back dance and karaoke in bars and casinos.
  • this restaurants, bars and grand halls – Like Bell Center – it will be able to reopen at 100% of reception capacity.

This means that on 14 March most of the hygiene measures will be lifted, so we can return to a more normal life. »

a quote François Legault, Prime Minister of Quebec
Canadian athletes holding Canadian flags.

“We will have to learn to live with the virus,” said François Legault.

Mask and passport hidden everywhere

In this curfew plan offered by Quebec, no personal protection measures such as wearing masks, disinfection and social distance against the virus have been changed. All, including the vaccination passport, will remain in place until further notice.

What enables us to do the decontinuation is the space we create in the hospitals, but also the fact that we have the vaccination passport and the mask.Health Minister Christian Dubé announced, along with Prime Minister Legault and acting national director of public health Luc Boileau.

However, Mr Dubé did not suggest the possibility that the passport would require three doses of the vaccine.

We do not currently plan to remove the use of masks, it remains a very effective measure to reduce transmission. […] And we want it to stay that way, at least until March 14th. We’ll see later. »

a quote Luc Boileau, Acting National Director of Public Health for Quebec
A big table where female students sit, they wear masks.

The Legault government has been assured that masks and other individual measures will be maintained until at least mid-March.

Photo: Radio-Canada

The impending lifting of the health emergency

Regarding the health emergency in Quebec that has been going on for months by the government, François Legault announced that his government plans to lift it next March.

Minister Dubé is working on a bill that will end this emergency while maintaining certain measures that are still necessary.

The Prime Minister explained that depending on what we do with masks, vaccination passports, bonuses for nurses… There will remain reasons to use the state of emergency. What we’re looking at is putting a bill on the table in March that will provide a framework for the need to have these exceptional rules.

It is not our goal to continue to maintain the health emergency indefinitely. »

a quote François Legault, Prime Minister of Quebec

Note that section 119 of the Public Health Act authorizes the government to renew the state of emergency without the approval of the National Assembly. It is a situation that angers various organizations that blame the opposition and the government. enjoy the management of the health crisis by decrees for months and taking more political measures than health by disabling the current democratic mechanisms.

Increase in hospitalizations expected

Aware of the possibility of a significant recovery in the number of cases and hospitalizations, thanks to the quarantine measures that will be added by mid-March at the end of the Omicron wave, Dr. Luc Boileau,there’s a lot of uncertainty out there.

For the moment, our calculations show that an increase is a real risk, but that does not invite us to step back from current measures.he argued.

Our guess is that with the removal of various measures that have been taken for a few weeks and announced today, we should either have a plateau that can be removed or be contented with hospitalizations. But we calculate that the rise should not be as much as what we experienced.He added the vice president of public health in Quebec.

more predictability

The announcement of this quarantine program has been eagerly awaited by Quebecs, especially in the business, tourism, hotel, municipal and cultural circles, where there have been calls for more predictability in the government’s health management for weeks.

At the Conseil du patronat, on Tuesday afternoon, as soon as the calendar is presented, the government’s trust in citizens and employers.

Finally, we were given the detailed step-by-step plan we wanted. Shutting down the economy should no longer be the first instinct after two years of the pandemic. »

a quote Quebec Employers Council

The Council also welcomes the end of mandatory telework as of 28 February. Employers will have the flexibility to adapt to the situationwelcomes Quebec Employers Council.

In Quebec, backlash was quick to come from the ranks of the opposition, with Liberal leader Dominique Anglade lamenting the absence of a longer-term plan.

The Prime Minister is starting to open his eyes, but we still do not have a long-term plan. In the next wave, we’ll still manage on a small scalesaid Miss Anglade on her Twitter account.

In the Québec solidaire, the party’s parliamentary leader, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, regretted that the Legault government had announced to Quebecers that they would now have to do so. living with the virus without giving them tools to do this.

N95 et pour relancer le dépistagePCR”,”text”:”Rien n’a été annoncé pour améliorer la ventilation dans les écoles, pour distribuer massivement des masquesN95 et pour relancer le dépistagePCR”}}”>Nothing has been announced to improve ventilation in schools, mass-distribute N95 masks, and restart PCR scanning.he reminded.