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All The New COVID-19 Rule Relaxations Now In Effect In Quebec

All the new rules for bars and venues as of August 1.

New COVID-19 Rule Relaxations In Quebec As Of August 1

New COVID-19 rule relaxations for Quebec bars, events and venues came into effect on Sunday, August 1.

For Montrealers, the biggest change might be the extension of alcohol service at restaurants and bars to 1 a.m. from midnight. Bars and microbreweries still have to close at 2 a.m., however.

Event spaces and other venues, meanwhile, will get to see their attendance multiply.

Events with designated seating (which the government says includes "amateur sports and leisure events with bleachers or stands, [...] assemblies, meetings, conventions or ceremonies, including in places of worship") during which attendees remain seated can now accommodate a maximum of 500 people if they're outside and 250 people if they're inside.

In stadiums and on festival grounds, 15,000 people can attend outdoor events.

Inside, these settings can welcome as many as 7,500 people split up into sections of 500.

The government has made clear that social distancing is still required, as is mask-wearing in interior settings.