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QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 25, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Following recommendations from Public Health, Quebec Premier François Legault, accompanied by Health and Social Services Minister Christian Dubé and Acting National Director of Public Health Luc Boileau, today announced the details of upcoming relaxations, which will take place in two initial phases.

Most of these relaxations will come into effect as early as Monday, January 31. The second phase, which includes relief for places of worship and public events (such as theaters and cinemas), will begin on Monday, February 7.

These relaxations will allow for a gradual resumption of economic and cultural activities as well as social life. Depending on the evolution of the epidemiological and hospital situation in Quebec, further relaxations could be announced in the coming weeks.

Private gatherings

  • The occupants of two residences, or a maximum of four people, will be able to gather in a private home. It is strongly recommended that individuals be properly vaccinated.

Restaurants

  • Reopening with the occupants of two residences, or a maximum of 4 people, per table.
  • Indoor seating capacity reduced to 50% and a minimum distance of 1m between tables.
  • Restaurants will have to stop selling alcohol at 11:00 p.m. and close their doors at midnight.
  • Bars, taverns and casinos will remain closed for the time being.

Sports and Recreation

  • Indoor civilian sports and recreational activities, including classes, will be permitted for persons under the age of 18:
  • Activities limited to 25 people. No games, competitions or tournaments;
  • Training only.
  • Opening of food concessions.
  • Ski chalets and snowmobile and ATV relays:
  • Food court opening. 50% seating capacity and 1m distance between tables;
  • Indoor capacity at 50%.
  • Note that outdoor sports and recreational activities will be permitted without restriction.

Educational Settings

  • Access to recreation centers for sport-study programs.
  • Reopening of training facilities for student athletes.
  • Extracurricular activities will resume (no games, competitions or tournaments). Vaccination passport will be mandatory for those 13 years of age and older.

Special Indoor Activities and Locations

  • Access to recreation centers for sport-study programs.
  • Opening of certain indoor venues at 50% capacity (including the Biodome, Planetarium, aquariums, botanical gardens, insectariums, zoological gardens).

Places of worship (as of February 7)

  • 50% of capacity (maximum of 250 people):
    • With vaccination passport

Funerals (as of February 7)

  • Maximum 50 people for funeral ceremonies, condolences and indoor viewing of body or ashes.
  • No vaccination passport required.

Public events (including cinemas and theaters) (as of February 7)

  • Indoors: 50% capacity, or maximum of 500 people:
    • Vaccine passport required. No intermission.
  • Outdoor: 1,000 person capacity:
    • Vaccine passport required.

Senior Living Facilities

Private Residences for Seniors (PRS):

  • A maximum of 4 caregivers per day is allowed, and it is possible for a resident to host 2 caregivers at a time.
  • In the dining room, one caregiver may accompany a resident.

Residential and long-term care centers (CHSLDs) and intermediate resources for seniors :

  • 1 caregiver at a time is allowed, for a maximum number of 2 caregivers per day.

Note that only adequately protected individuals may have access to living environments.

Quotes: 

“Today we are announcing certain relaxations because we must think about the mental health of Quebecers. But we have to go slowly, progressively, cautiously. The experts predict, in the coming weeks, a small reduction in hospitalizations. But there is a lot of uncertainty and we still have 12,000 health care workers who are absent. We have to be very careful. We have to think about the health personnel who are on the front lines.”

François Legault, Premier of Quebec

“These relaxations were long awaited and will do a lot of people good. Despite the good news announced today, we must remember that the situation remains fragile in our hospitals. I invite all those who have not yet done so to go and get their booster dose of vaccine, which provides better protection against the new variants and reduces the risk of hospitalization. We also need to continue to slow transmission among unvaccinated people.”

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

Highlights:

Note that the rapid test self-declaration platform is available. Citizens can now access it. They will have to enter certain identification data as well as the result of their rapid test.

Related link:

To learn more about the measures in effect and to come: Quebec.ca/coronavirus.

View original content:http://www.newswire.ca/fr/releases/archive/January2022/25/c9885.html

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