UPDATE APRIL 27, 2021: Given the downward trend in COVID-19 cases in Quebec, the government is relaxing some of the measures in certain areas. The changes relevant to retailers include:
- Curfew in Montreal and Laval is pushed back to 9:30 pm. (business to be closed at 9:00 pm at the latest) starting next Monday (May 3, 2021).
- The special emergency measures already in place in Outaouais, Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches are extended until May 9, 2021.
- Curfew at 8 p.m. (business to be closed at 7:30 pm at the latest).
- Non-essential businesses remain closed, sale of essential products only.
- There are no mandatory paid vaccination leaves at this time, but the government is asking businesses to be “accommodating.”
April 9, 2021
Due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, especially in in the region of the Capitale-Nationale, the government has just announced the strengthening of certain health measures. The changes relevant to retailers are:
- The implementation of special emergency measures for Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau regions is extended until Sunday, April 18, 2021, inclusively.
- Starting Sunday, April 11, the curfew is reintroduced at 8 p.m. on the Island of Montréal and Laval (business to be closed at 7:30 p.m. at the latest).
For outdoor work, mask-wearing is required at all times if interactions within two metres are unavoidable with co-workers.
Full-time mask-wearing does not apply in the following situations:
- If a person works alone in a closed cabin or room (for example, in an office with walls and door, in a truck, in an cabin) and when eating and drinking (for example, at mealtimes and breaks).
- For health reasons (for example, for an asthmatic person) and safety (for example, if fog forms and interferes with driving a vehicle or handling machinery).
For more information or details, see the government’s press release on the announcement.