Quebec Implements Deconfinement Plan

With 75 per cent of adults vaccinated or scheduled to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Quebec has begun its deconfinement plan. François Legault, the province’s premier, says the goal to get everyone vaccinated has been moved up to June 15 from June 24. As of Friday (May 28), the curfew was lifted, restaurant terraces were allowed to reopen, and outdoor gatherings of eight people were legalized. Travel between regions is also allowed. On May 31, the vast majority of Quebec regions will move from red to orange zones, allowing restaurants to reopen for indoor dining and gyms to open again. The majority of regions in Quebec will move from orange to yellow zones by June 14, allowing in-home gatherings between two bubbles. Most regions will enter the green zone by June 28, allowing organized sports and enabling gatherings of up to 10 people indoors. By this time, people who have had both doses of the vaccine can meet indoors without masks or distancing. Once 75 per cent of people over 12 have received both doses of the vaccine, masks will no longer be necessary; this is expected to be achieved by the end of August.