This is a step up from the regions' previous yellow or 'pre-alert' levels, and is the second major announcement regarding shifting colour codes in the province in the past 48 hours.
There are certain regions that are on our radar where there are variations that are very rapid
Christian Dubé, Quebec Health Minister
The government announced September 20 that three Quebec regions — Montreal, Chaudière-Appalaches and parts of the Capitale-Nationale — had also moved to 'orange alert.'
The 'orange alert' designation is part of the provincial government's recently unveiled, which contains four levels: green, yellow, orange, and red.
Orange comes with stricter regulations and restrictions than yellow, such as bars and restaurants closing by 12 a.m.
They must also stop selling alcohol by 11 p.m. and only allow six people to a table.
Private gatherings in the 'orange zone' are capped at six people or two families.
In the 'orange zone,' the maximum capacity for public gatherings is 25 people — both indoors and outdoors, except in public venues and halls in which case the maximum is 250 people.
Health Minister Christian Dubé, accompanied by National Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda, also announced today that Centre-du-Québec is moving from green to yellow.
For updates by region, see the government's "Map of COVID-19 alert levels."