Quebec eases COVID-19 restrictions, restaurants reopen

By The Canadian Press

Quebec is taking its first steps Monday to reopen the province after partially shutting down over the holidays due to record-high hospitalizations.

Premier Legault announced plans last week to gradually loosen public health restrictions as the COVID-19 situation has improved somewhat.

Restaurant dining rooms can open at half capacity today, with no more than four people or two different households at a table. Closing time is set for midnight, with last call at 11 p.m.

Private indoor gatherings of up to four people, or two family bubbles, are also permitted.

Extracurricular sports can resume in elementary and high schools, CEGEPs and universities, with the mandatory vaccine passport for students 13 and over and masks. No games or tournaments, practices only.

The second phase of Quebec’s plan to ease restrictions is set for a week from now, with places of worship, entertainment and sports venues allowed to reopen at limited capacity on Feb. 7.

No schedule has been set for bars, gyms, and spas to reopen.

 

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