Québec relaxed certain limitations: release diagram for reopening of restaurants, cinemas and other semi-capacity locations in the coming weeks | Stikeman Elliott LLP

to summarize

In December 2021, the Government of Québec ordered a number of companies to suspend their activities (including restaurant rooms), capacity restrictions on companies that were allowed to stay open, undertaken non-essential stores to close on Sundays and set up a curfew.

Earlier in January 2022, the curl and Sunday closures ended, but the vaccine port was extended to SAQs, SQDCs and large commercial institutions.

January 2022 Developments

As the decision to enter into force of the new measures is not yet available, the information provided here is based on the summary of the restrictions by the government here.

Note that the government lists the restrictions and dates for their lifting, but the English version has not yet been adjusted to take into account the latest changes. A French version of the card is available here.

Quebec has a . requires Vaccination Passport For non-essential activities and companies since 1 September 2021. From January 18, 2022 and 24 January 2022, the vaccination passport is also mandatory

  • Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) stores (liquor stores);
  • Quebec Cannabis Society (SQDC) Shops (Cannabis stores)
  • commercial establishments and automotive repair and maintenance centers with sales and service areas larger than 1500 m2, with the exception of those whose main activity is the sale of groceries or pharmacy products, common areas of a shopping center and gas stations.

Although vaccine passports are not required to access services at a pharmacy in a store with a sales area of ​​1,500 m2 Or more, who must be accompanied by a store assistant without vaccination passport and may not buy any other products than that related to the pharmacy.

Detailed information

Since October 2020, the Government of Québec has sharpened and relaxed the limitations for companies as the number of cases of COVID-19 increases and decreased. Most restrictions on businesses were lifted across Quebec in November 2021 (with ongoing special measures in place in Terres-cries-de-la-Baie-James and Nunavik). Certain limitations were reset in December and January and a gradual relaxation has now been announced.

The state of emergency in the field of public health in Québec is still being extended (currently until 28 January 2022) by the Minister of Health and Social Services of Québec, which is authorized under this order to take measures necessary to protect public health .

The Commission for standards, justice, health and safety at work has amended recommended measures for workplaces across Québec (for a summary in French, see here).

Fast anti-tests for personal use are made available free of charge with limits for the number of tests that each person can undergo. See here for more information about fast anti-testing tests.

This message highlights the limitations for business and will be updated as the Pandemic Response of Québec develops. For the government overview of the limitations on other activities such as education, sports and meetings (and others), see: here (Click on cups on the left).

Vaccine Passports

Since September 1, 2021, Québec has a vaccination passport Get access to non-essential activities and companies. The vaccination passport is mandatory for everyone of 13 years and older. Québec has now decided to extend the vaccination passport requirement to liquor stores and cannabis shops (January 17, 2022), as well as shops and car repair centers with an area of ​​​​more than 1500 m22 (January 24, 2022), except supermarkets and pharmacies.

The vaccine port indicates that a person “sufficiently protected” against COVID-19 and allows individuals 13 years and older to access certain locations and non-essential activities where the risk of transmission is considered to be greater. Photo ID is required. The full list of places and activities that require the vaccine passport is available here.

The passport is not required for access to essential services such as education (lower, secondary or post-secure). It is also not required for museums and libraries.

For more information about the vaccine passport and how to obtain it, see: here.

Limitations for companies: View the government overview of all restrictions here (click on to the topics covered).

Closed (determined from January 31 and 7, 2022 open)

  • Restaurant dining rooms:
    • Can open at 50% capacity from January 31, 2022
    • mandatory vaccine passport
    • limit of 4 people or the residents of 2 houses at a table
    • Midnight closure and sale of food and drink stops at 11 p.m.
    • 1m distance between tables
  • arcades and, for their indoor activities, biodomes, planetariums, insectariums, botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos, thematic venues, amusement centers and parks, recreation centers and water parks:
    • Can open at 50% capacity from January 31, 2022
    • mandatory vaccine passport
  • bars and discos;
  • casinos and gaming houses;
  • cinemas and halls or halls in which the performing arts are performed, including broadcasting locations;
    • Can open at 50% capacity from 7 February 2022
    • mandatory vaccine passport
    • no break
    • Outside: a maximum of 1000 people
  • microbreweries and distilleries, only for on-site beverage consumption services;
  • saunas and spas, with the exception of personal care in the sauna or spa;
  • Each covered place, unlike a private home or equivalent, when used for bowling, dart, billiard or other similar games.

Open (capacity limits and mandatory face covering for those 10 years and older)

  • Shops and other commercial establishments
    • Capacity limits: 50% of the capacity where 1 customer is applied per 20 m2 of sales space in stores, traffic spaces and foodcourts;
    • personal care services such as hairdressers, massage therapists, etc.: customer traffic limited to 50% capacity.
  • Museums and Libraries
    • maintain physical distance.

Working remotely is mandatory where possible, distance and masks are mandatory for those who work on site.

Nunavik and Terres-cries-de-la-Baie-James

For information about the applicable measures in Nunavik and Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James, consult the websites of the Nunavik Regional Council of Health and Social Services and the Cree Board of Health and Social Services by James Bay.

Moving forward

As explained here, the Government of Québec has changed the applicable COVID-19 restrictions and will continue to follow the situation closely. This post will be updated regularly as government rules change.

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