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QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 1, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Following the recommendations of the Public Health Department, Quebec Premier François Legault, accompanied by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, and the Acting National Director of Public Health, Luc Boileau, today announced the next round of relaxations that will come into effect on Monday, February 14. These additional relaxations will allow the entire population to continue the gradual resumption of sports and leisure activities, including cultural and artistic activities.

Thus,

  • Activities and courses will be permitted indoors, including extracurricular activities at the college and university level, with a maximum of 25 people per group:
    • No games, competitions or tournaments;
    • Locker room at 50% capacity;
    • Respect for distancing.
    • Vaccination passport
  • Gyms, spas, indoor golf facilities and climbing centers will be allowed to reopen :
    • 50% of maximum capacity;
    • Masks must be worn and distancing must be respected.
    • Vaccine passport
  • Extracurricular activities at the college and university levels as well as vocational and adult education activities may also resume.

In addition, we remind you that in anticipation of spring break, camps are authorized to hold their activities. However, specific sanitary measures must be applied.

Booster Dose
In the current context, it is strongly recommended to get a booster dose of the vaccine. The booster dose provides more effective protection against new variants, including BA.2, which is increasingly circulating and is under increased surveillance.

In fact, the Department of Health and Human Services clarified on January 28 that Public Health maintains its recommendation for people who have had the disease to get a booster dose, but with the minimum eight-week interval for people who have received a positive PCR test, as well as for those who have tested positive on a rapid home test with severe symptoms. However, people who are unsure if they have contracted the disease, or who have not been able to confirm it by PCR test, are encouraged to get their booster dose as soon as possible. The administration of a booster dose is safe for all clients.

Quotes:

“The relaxations announced today will be good for morale. We are all aware that Quebecers are fed up. We have weighed the drawbacks because we must take mental health into account in our decisions. But we must do so responsibly. The situation of the hospitals means that we must continue to be prudent. We must give a chance to the employees who have been on the front lines for two years.”

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“The efforts of the last few weeks have yielded results, and although the situation in our hospitals remains fragile, the daily data is encouraging. With the new relaxations announced today, we are continuing to reopen sports and recreational activities that can be carried out safely and that will benefit many people. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of getting your booster shot. There are many appointments available and it is the best way to effectively protect yourself against the new variants.”

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

Highlights:

  • These new reliefs are in addition to several others that went into effect on January 31, which include restaurants and private indoor gatherings. Additional relief for places of worship, funerals and public events (movie theatres, events, performances, etc.) will be available as of February 7.
  • Depending on the evolution of the epidemiological and hospital situation in Quebec, further relaxations could be announced in the coming weeks.

Related links: 

To learn more about current and upcoming measures: Québec.ca/coronavirus.

For all relevant information on vaccination: Québec.ca/vaccinCOVID.

View original content: http://www.newswire.ca/fr/releases/archive/February2022/01/c4830.html

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