Here’s what you can and can’t do under Quebec’s COVID-19 curfew


MONTREAL – A curfew is in effect for regions considered to be red zones in Quebec. These include Montreal, Laval, the Laurentians, Lanaudière, Montérégie, Quebec and Bas-Saint-Laurent.

In addition, the MRCSs of Matanie, Matapédia and La Mitis are considered red zones, and special emergency measures are in place in Outaouais and Chaudière-Appalaches.

As of May 3, Quebeckers in these regions will have to stay at home from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., or face a fine of up to $ 6,000. Officers can also impose a fine of $ 500 on youth 14 years of age and over.

Six regions of Quebec will be designated orange zones: Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madelein, Bas-St-Laurent, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Northern Quebec and Saguenay-Lac-St- Jeans.

In these areas, the curfew will remain in place, but will begin at 9:30 p.m. Below you will find an overview of the applicable regulations.


  • People are allowed to leave their homes for medical and humanitarian reasons or for priority work

  • People who need to obtain medication following a medical appointment are allowed to leave their homes. People accompanying patients to a medical appointment are also allowed to drive them

  • People are allowed to go to or return from a vaccination clinic

  • People are allowed to go to or return to hospitals, clinics or dentist or optometrist offices

  • People are allowed to visit a sick or injured relative

  • Residents can walk their dogs within a kilometer of their home

  • Gas stations and pharmacies may remain open

  • Travel is authorized for those going to evening classes or to the laboratories of a recognized school

  • Parents are allowed to accompany their children to the home of the other parent who has custody of them

  • Parents are allowed to accompany a sick child to the hospital

  • Parents can accompany a teenager to work

  • A person is authorized to travel to donate blood under the supervision of Héma-Québec

  • Those who transport goods and those who manage supply chains can continue to operate

  • Travelers heading to an airport, bus or train station are permitted to do so

  • Homeless people are exempt from curfew

Those authorized to travel during work curfew should ask their employers to download, print and complete the form on the government site.


  • Multiple visitors are not allowed to your home from another address

  • Private gatherings indoors are not allowed

  • Single people are allowed to visit from another address

  • Only one caregiver is allowed

  • Service or support workers are allowed

  • People already hired for the job are allowed



  • Stores

  • Libraries

  • Beauty salons and aesthetic treatments

  • Museums, zoos and aquariums

  • Cinemas (without food or drink service)

  • Auditoriums with a maximum of 250 people

  • Pool and personal care services at spas

  • Daycare centers and family daycare centers

  • CEGEPs and universities will gradually reopen certain classes depending on the situation in this establishment and with physical distancing measures.


  • Non-contact indoor sports for individuals and groups of two and members of the same household (those from different households must stay two meters from each other)

  • Non-contact outdoor sports for up to eight people

  • Funeral with a maximum of 25 people excluding funeral establishment staff (no food or alcohol can be served)

  • Demonstrations, but with a mandatory mask or face covering

  • Community agency services

  • Places of worship with a limit of 25 people


  • Daycare service within the limits of the accommodation (children cannot lose their place if parents decide not to send their children to daycare)

  • Preschool and elementary education is open (with a few exceptions) with classes required to function in accordance with public health measures

  • Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students attend school every other day

  • Lunch with the students of a stable class group

  • The measures do not apply to students with disabilities, social maladjustments or learning difficulties attending a special school, a special class or the Work-Oriented Training Path.

  • Adult education programs are open with emphasis on distance education

  • Internships and laboratories are maintained for adult education and higher education programs

  • Post-secondary classes should prioritize distance learning

For all levels of education:

  • Extracurricular activities are suspended except at primary school where they are planned but only in class groups

  • Field trips are allowed in class bubbles

  • Visitors to schools should be kept to a minimum


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