Quebec's vaccination passport will apply to everyone aged 13 and up, and Apple users can download the VaxiCode app as early as Wednesday morning with Android users following soon after.
Here's a list of the places where you'll be asked to show proof of vaccination, along with your ID card. Note that vaccine passports will not be required at any private gatherings, ceremonies or celebrations.
Festivals & Events
outdoor events and festivals involving more than 50 people
sports matches or performances in outdoor stadiums (theatre, musical concerts, etc.)
music or comedy shows on an outdoor stage
association sports competitions or high-level sports competitions
agricultural fairs and craft shows
walks, marathons, and cycling tours
immersive or walking tours
multi-purpose festivals or celebrations
Theatres, Cinemas & Venues
stadiums and arenas
any other type of hall or venue where performing arts, sports matches or films are shown
"The good news is that we are really coming through the worst of the pandemic," Legault said. He noted that more than 90% of Quebecers aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 85% have received two doses, which is consistent with Quebec data.
While the government was worried about the Delta variant, Legault said he's pleased today to have "managed to avoid a large-scale fourth wave despite the start of the school year."
"Slowly but surely, we are getting closer to a return to normalcy [...]. Every time a restriction comes down, it's like a weight is lifted off our shoulders," Legault said, referencing Thursday's announcement that Quebec restaurants and bars could return to maximum capacity and regular operating hours on November 1.
However, the premier did remind Quebecers to stay cautious.
"Our health care system remains fragile, but we are doing what we can to strengthen it as quickly as possible," he said. "We must not be too quick to claim victory. The virus is still there and there are still people in the hospital."
Legault launched a new session in the National Assembly of Quebec, which is set to begin on October 19. He said he plans to make an opening speech on Tuesday in the spirit of looking forward to the "post-pandemic period."
Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé made the announcement in a press release Thursday evening, two weeks after he announced that all halls with assigned seating — including the Bell Centre — could fill their stands.
The province is also reducing the required distance between bar and restaurant tables from 2 metres apart to 1 metre apart on November 1.
The maximum number of people allowed at each table will not change. As a reminder, that's 10 people per table or the occupants of three private residences.
You can make reservations for more than 10 people, but the release says you'll have to respect the rules by sitting at multiple tables if necessary.
"In the continuity of the relief announced two weeks ago, these measures come to bring some fresh air to Quebecers. The vaccine passport allows for such flexibility in cases where the risk of transmission is higher," said Dubé in a statement.
"In other cases, minimal distancing and basic prevention measures remain essential. We are moving cautiously toward a return to normalcy, but caution is warranted."
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
On Wednesday Health Minister Christian Dubé shared a breakdown by Quebec region of the number of health and social service workers who aren't fully vaccinated.
While the province had initially set an October 15 deadline for these workers to get their two COVID-19 vaccine doses or face suspension, the health ministry ended up postponing it by 30 days on October 13, citing the need to ensure continuity of service.
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The breakdown of not-fully-vaccinated workers by region shows the scale of the problem.
As of October 11, Montreal unsurprisingly led the pack with 8,759 health and social service workers who had received either no doses or just one dose of a vaccine. Montérégie followed the metropolis, with 2,183 workers who weren't fully vaccinated as of the same date.
In total, 22,446 such workers in the province were not fully vaccinated
"This chart represents the fragility of our health care system," Dubé wrote on Twitter.
"Already, before the mandatory vaccination, we are experiencing a labour shortage. On October 15, with 22,446 fewer people, this would have had enormous consequences on the health services offered to Quebecers."
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