All of Quebec's regions — including Montreal — will be designated COVID-19 green zones as of June 28. The news comes as residents continue to receive vaccine doses and COVID-19 cases fall dramatically.
Although the green level designation is the lowest of all alert levels in Quebec, occupancy limits, public health guidelines and other rules will continue to apply. Here's what you need to know.
Montreal bars and restaurants will soon see their terrasse occupancy limits extended to 20 people per table.
Indoors, a maximum of 10 people from three different residences will be able to sit at the same table.
In bars, singing and dancing will still not be permitted.
Bars will have to stop serving alcohol at midnight and close at 2 a.m.
Weddings and funerals
As of Monday, wedding ceremonies will be able to host up to 250 people, but guests must remain seated during the ceremony and practice 2-metre social distancing.
Wedding receptions will be limited to 50 people outdoors and 25 people indoors, with 2 metres of distance between each person, except for members of the same household.
Masks will have to be worn at all times, except when seated, silent or speaking in a "low voice."
Funerals "will be limited to an audience of 250 people who must remain seated during the event," according to the government.
Moreover, "during the viewing of the body or ashes of the deceased, as well as during the expression of condolences to the next of kin," it will be "permitted to have a rotation of 50 people at the same time inside the premises."
Masks will still be required.
Gatherings in homes will be limited to 10 people from a maximum of three different households, with social distancing and mask-wearing "highly recommended."
As of Monday, outdoor gatherings will be limited to 20 people.
The government also recommends wearing masks and practicing social distancing during outdoor gatherings.
In gyms, you'll be able to carry out activities alone, with one other person or with members of one other household. Fitness classes will be able to welcome 25 people, but close proximity activities won't be allowed.
Sports, including guided lessons and training, will be permitted in outdoor public spaces for groups of "no more than 50 individuals," with no limit on the number of households they make up.
Organized games and matches between sports teams will be allowed with up to 50 spectators.
Indoor sports, "including guided lessons and training," will be permitted for 25 participants from different households.
Organized indoor sports will be able to have up to 25 spectators.
Washrooms and locker rooms will be open and must be cleaned regularly by facility staff throughout the day. Equipment rentals will also be permitted.
How To Watch & Stream The Tokyo Olympics For Free In Quebec
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have finally arrived after being postponed last year due to COVID-19 and you might be wondering where you can watch or stream the Games to cheer on your favourite Canadian athletes.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to watch and stream the games for free if you're living in Quebec. And you won't even need a cable subscription.
The country's official broadcasters are CBC and Radio-Canada. If you have cable, the Olympic Games will be televised all day long from the opening ceremony on July 23 to the closing ceremony on August 8.
Depending on what sport you want to watch, very early mornings are in your future due to the time difference. If you want to watch the women's soccer team, for instance, CBC is streaming the next game at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.
If you don't have cable, CBC will be streaming a select number of events for free on its website and on its CBC Gem app. CBC will air 3,775 hours of Olympics from now until the closing ceremony.
Since July 1, it has been possible for people who have had to recover from unemployment due to the pandemic and for people who have not been studying full time in the last 12 months to register for one of the training programs of the Program for the requalification and the accompaniment in information technology and communications (PRATIC).
Whether it's a college or university program, a certificate, an attestation of college studies (AEC) or a diploma of specialized graduate studies (DESS), among others, there are 142 training programs waiting for future students.
In Montreal alone, nearly sixty college programs and 20 university programs are available, and a total of 15 in the Capitale-Nationale region.
There are, for example, ACSs in programming, multimedia production, mobile application development or graphic design, to name a few.
The complete list of training courses offered by region can be found on the government website.
Thanks to a budget of some $39.6 million, financial assistance of $650 per week will be offered to 2,500 Quebecers for the duration of their full-time training. A $1,950 bursary will be awarded to graduates.
Who is eligible to enroll in PRATIC?
Two criteria will determine if a person is eligible to register for PRATIC. You must be unemployed and not have been a full-time student in the 12 months prior to applying.
The government suggests that you contact the Services Québec office in your area and an agent will determine with the future student if PRATIC corresponds to his/her needs.
Remember last year when it seemed that every week there were new COVID-19 rules that the Quebec government would spring on us and we all felt really down? Well, it's the same thing this year, but instead of misery, we're feeling optimistic because this summer's new COVID-19 rules have an eye towards a pandemic-freefuture.
One of the major changes coming on Monday is that you no longer have to maintain a two-metre distance between other people.
According to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS), "the distance to be respected between people from different residences will be lowered from two meters to one meter, both outside and inside."
There are still two situations that require two-metre distancing, however: "singing activities" and "high-intensity exercise in gyms," according to the government.
Wearing a face mask is still mandatory in all indoor public spaces.
Let's get flexible
No, not like that!
We're talking about stores, festivals, sporting events, and other activities with potentially large crowds.
As of Monday, there won't be any capacity limits inside retail stores. While you still have to maintain a one-metre distance, there will be no more annoying lineups outside.
Moreover, in venues with fixed seating, people from different households only need to keep one seat between them and other parties. One-metre distancing is still required in common areas.
Finally, "at amateur events where spectators are seated in bleachers, bleachers or fixed seating, the maximum number of spectators permitted per sports venue is 50 indoors and 100 outdoors."
The government has also reminded Quebecers that "since June 25, adequately protected people" — i.e. people with two doses of a vaccine — "no longer have to follow the recommendations on distancing and wearing a face covering during gatherings in private homes."