• There's been some confusion surrounding the government's public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Quebec, specifically when it comes to rules for social distancing and gatherings.
  • So, we took a look at Quebec's Public Health Act to find out exactly what is and isn't allowed at the moment.

We are currently living in a time unlike any other, and it has left us with tons of questions. The government has issued public health guidelines to be followed to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Quebec, which include the need to practice social distancing and the ban of almost all gatherings. Many people are confused as to what is and isn't allowed, and as a result, the 911 call centres are being flooded with inquiries.

It's now been four weeks since Quebec has been on pause. The economy is in slow motion, so initiatives like Le Panier Bleu have been started to try and get it kick-started again.

In the meantime, we've been caught at home binge-watching every Netflix/Crave TV/Amazon Prime/Disney+ series out there. Nothing to be ashamed of — we're just doing our part.

But when it comes to social distancing, and the rules the Government of Quebec has issued with respect to gatherings, some remain uncertain about what can and cannot be done, which at times leads them to break the rules — whether it be accidentally or not.

New measures have been put in place because of such, including the City of Montreal closing certain public spots due to a high volume of pedestrians, which couldn't allow people to remain two metres apart.

So, let's find out what is and isn't permitted during this time.

To start, going for a walk by yourself is permitted, as long as you respect social distancing measures by remaining a minimum of two metres from anyone else.

 

The SPVM's tweet above translates to "Even on a beautiful day, physical distance is still important. The #SPVM is very present in municipal parks and throughout the island to ensure that no gatherings take place and that guidelines are respected. Thank you for your collaboration.#COVID19"

All police forces in Quebec now have the right to issue tickets of $1,000 (or more) to citizens who do not respect the rules of social distancing and who participate in gatherings that have been prohibited. 

According to Radio-Canada, police have stated that friends are not allowed to walk together on the street, even if they remain two metres apart, and that gatherings of more than two people are prohibited.

Below is what Quebec's Public Health Act states about the subject.

As stated in the Public Health Act, in order to protect the health of the population, the law prohibits any indoor or outdoor gathering, except:

- If it's required in a work environment, 

- If it's required to obtain a service from a person, and

- In a means of transport.

In the case of an outdoor gathering, gatherings are permitted if:

- The persons assembled are occupants of the same private residence,

- If a person is receiving a service or support from another person, and

- If a minimum distance of two metres is maintained.

The Government of Quebec asks that you respect all of the rules above.


This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

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