Quebec Standard

Monday, October 2, 2023

Quebec intends to raise most pandemic constraints by mid-March


Key takeaways: 

  • Masks and vaccine passports will still be needed, premier states.
  • Quebec Premier François Legault declared Tuesday that bars and organized sports could soon continue their activities in the region.

Plans in process for lifting restrictions: 

Quebec Premier François Legault had one note for Quebecers Tuesday: it is time to learn to live with covid.

“The people are fed up. I’m fed up. We’re all fed up,” he said. “But the sense we resisted [easing restrictions] till today was because there was too much trouble.” Source –

“Right now, we can take a deliberate chance and eventually turn the page.” Source –

Legault declared that most of the region’s rules will be raised by mid-March, though required mask orders and the vaccine passport will stay — at least for now.

It’s the latest in a series of resuming statements, as the region steadily backs away from the mass closures set in place in December due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Also read: Montreal mayor calls on Quebec for ‘full’ pandemic reopening plan

Mid March can see covid restrictions lifted in Quebec

Legault stated that hospitalizations in the region had gone down by almost 1,000 patients in the previous few weeks, giving the health network adequate breathing room to now try a gradual reopening.

When questioned if the current convoy protest in Quebec City affected his judgment to reopen, Legault told it had not.

“But if they want to take credit and not come back in two weeks, I wouldn’t be objected to that,” he stated. Source –

A step-by-step manual to reopening

Home groups will no longer have any limitations as of this Saturday, Feb. 12, though public health suggests having at most ten individuals present or three families.

“It will be up to per individual to assess the risk,” Legault stated. “How many people am I with? How many got their third dose? How many are over 60 — what risk am I ready to take?” Source –

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