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Montreal's Curfew Is Officially Going To End

Curfew will be lifted across the province.

On Tuesday, an optimistic Premier François Legault announced that curfew in Quebec will end on May 28, 2021.

An 8:00 p.m. curfew was first announced at the beginning of January. It later moved to 9:30 p.m. (then back to 8:00 p.m. and finally to 9:30 p.m. again).

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The government also announced at the press conference that 75% of adult Quebecers have either already received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or are scheduled to get one.

"Let's continue to respect the measures [...] and go get your second dose when it's your turn," said the premier.

The premier also announced the reopening of restaurant terrasses on May 28, 2021.

What will be allowed in Quebec on May 28?

According to Legault, in addition to removing the curfew and opening restaurant terrasses, "gatherings of eight people will be allowed in private yards, travel between regions will be authorized, and theatres and stadiums, indoor and outdoor, will be allowed to welcome 250 people per section, for a maximum of 2,500 people."

The premier pointed out that the province’s deconfinement plan will roll out "carefully" and "gradually."

"I want to say right away that I am very impressed to see the Quebecers, how they responded well."

Are there other deconfinement measures on the horizon in Quebec?

Yes! By May 31, the "goal is for a majority of regions to turn orange," and by June 14 the "goal is for a majority of regions to turn yellow,"  explained the premier.

The government is aiming for the majority of regions to turn green by June 28. 

Starting on June 11, bar terrasses will reopen and on June 25, "people who have received two doses of vaccines will be able to see each other without masks and without distancing."

June 25 will also be the date where outdoor festivals will be authorized "for up to 2,500 people without sections." 

And if — by the end of August — 75% of the population over 12 years old has received both vaccine doses, the mandatory mask measure will be lifted "in most public places" and students at cégeps and universities will be able to go back to school.