In Quebec City, Quebec Premier François Legault outlines his government’s plan to gradually lift public-health measures that are in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He is joined by Christian Dubé, Quebec’s minister of health and social services, and Dr. Horacio Arruda, the province’s director of public health. On May 28, curfews will be lifted everywhere in the province and restaurants will be allowed to reopen their patios. Gatherings of up to 8 people will be allowed in backyards and travel between regions will be authorized. Theatres and stadiums, both indoor and outdoor, will be able to accommodate a maximum of 2,500 people.
The provincial government is aiming to move the majority of Quebec regions to the orange zone by May 31, to the yellow zone by June 14, and to the green zone by June 28. Starting June 11, bars will also be allowed to open patios. Supervised outdoor sports and leisure activities will be permitted in groups of up to 25 people. As of June 25, people who are fully vaccinated will be able to hold indoor gatherings without wearing a mask or distancing. Summer camps will reopen and festivals can resume with a maximum of 2,500 people. If the province reaches its goal of having 75 per cent of the population over the age of 12 fully vaccination by the end of August, masks will not be mandatory in most public places. CEGEPs and universities will be able to resume in-person learning.