With March Break coming up in Quebec, many people are asking, "Can I rent a cottage or a hotel room in another region?" At least that's what Premier François Legault said in a press conference on February 16.
His answer? While it's not ideal, it's also not prohibited. But there are two main conditions — and police, he said, have been tasked with making sure those conditions are followed.
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We will ask police officers to keep an eye on places where there's a lot of tourism.
Premier François Legault
The first condition is "you must respect family bubbles," Legault said.
This means that while groups of friends from different addresses can travel to the same tourist accommodations, they must stay in different units. For example, booking different rooms at the same hotel.
Only people from the same household bubble can stay together in a cottage or similar shared space.
The second condition is respecting curfew, which Legault confirmed will remain in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in red zones.
Legault said there will not be travel checkpoints between zones or regions.
Instead, he said the government thought it would be "more effective" to ask police to "make sure both the main measures are respected."
Legault also reminded Quebecers that restaurants will remain closed so people should bring their own food when travelling between regions.
Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault will hold a press conference in the coming days to discuss the details of police presence during March Break, Legault said.
Ultimately, though, the Government of Quebec maintains that "travel between regions is strongly discouraged."