The new rules on fitness centres and sports in Quebec come into effect on March 26.
The exception is extracurricular activities in Quebec schools, which can resume in a "stable class group" as of March 15.
Can I work out without a mask on?
The government states that "participants must wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose when they enter indoor facilities" so you will have to wear it when you enter at the very least.
Generally speaking, public health rules include wearing masks in indoor spaces, maintaining a 2-metre distance from others and making sure gym machines are sanitized after use.
According to the Econofitness website, wearing a mask is mandatory in their gyms at all times except when using an Econofitness cardio machine.
If you're planning on taking an outdoor fitness class when the weather warms up, you are encouraged, but not required, to wear a mask — and you should maintain 2-metre distancing.
Will I have to make appointments to go to the gym?
It depends on your fitness centre of choice. Econofitness requires its members to make appointments ahead of going to the gym.
Nautilus Plus, however, will not require its members to make appointments at newly reopened centres in Quebec red zones.
Is the gym considered 'essential' and exempt from the curfew?
No. Gyms and other fitness centres are not considered essential by the Quebec government.
You can view the full list of curfew exemptions in Quebec red zones here.
How many people can work out at the same time?
All gyms and training centres, as well as indoor sports complexes, will have limited entry during their reopenings in Quebec red zones.
While the government has not publicly specified the exact number of Quebecers permitted in gyms at one time, we know that it depends on the square footage of the facility in order to ensure adequate social distancing.
You'll only be allowed to train alone or in pairs in an indoor fitness centre in Quebec as of March 26, or with members of your household — meaning "you can’t work out as a group or get together to chat with your friends," according to Econofitness.
Outdoor classes can be held with up to eight people in red zones.
What safety measures do gyms have to follow?
All gyms will be required to keep a registry of every client that comes through, Quebec education minister Isabelle Charest confirmed on March 12.
Machines will most likely have to be sanitized by users after every use, and masks will have to be worn indoors.
Gyms will also be required to rearrange their machines to allow for 2-metre social distancing.
All organized indoor sports activities need to have a designated "supervisor" who makes sure public health regulations are being followed.
"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
The Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) put an end to the project due to the findings of a report analyzing the environmental impact of building a natural gas facility in Saguenay.
What was the LNG project?
Énergie Saguenay wanted approval to construct a natural gas processing facility that would "liquefy natural gas in order to export it to world markets," according to its website. In addition to the facility, the idea was to construct an LNG pipeline that would cross into Northern Ontario.
The company said the project's aim is to "support efforts to fight climate change in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in the world, by providing transitional energy that will replace other more polluting energies, such as coal and fuel oil."
Quebec Premier François Legault was reportedly in favour of the project but was met with pushback from environmental and Indigenous groups.
In September 2020, the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) began a public hearing as part of its systematic review of the project in consultation with the Innu communities of Mashteuiatsh and Essipit.
Why did Quebec cancel the project?
On July 21, the MELCC announced that the Quebec government had decided not to authorize the project.
It cited the results of BAPE's environmental impact report, which found that the LNG project in Saguenay "could have the long-term consequence of slowing down the energy transition of the project client countries."
In addition, the government established that there was no way the project could "count on a net reduction in [greenhouse gas] emissions on a global scale, since the project initiator cannot guarantee the use of liquefied natural gas as an alternative to sources that emit more GHG, such as coal and fuel oil."
The project's own GHG reduction measures were also found insufficient to offset its own emissions.
"We had to face the facts that the risks of the Énergie Saguenay project outweighed its benefits," said Benoit Charette, Quebec's minister of the environment and the fight against climate change.
"However, we are optimistic that the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region will quickly have the opportunity to enrich itself with other economic projects, such as the Élysis green aluminum project, which will create jobs while actively participating in the Quebec-wide fight against climate change."