In red zones, the government's main focus was on closing gyms on April 8 and returning to alternating school days for secondary 3, 4, and 5 students as of April 12.
In addition, a maximum of 25 people will be allowed in places of worship, sports facilities except for "swimming pools, ice rinks and places to play tennis and badminton" are closed, and no extracurricular school activities will be allowed.
For orange zones, less severe measures were installed, including limiting the number of people allowed in places of worship, sporting facilities, and making wearing masks compulsory in all schools for all levels.
The curfew will be at 9:30 p.m., except for the emergency regions of Quebec City, Lévis, and Gatineau, which have an 8 p.m. curfew until April 12.
Are there any new rules in red zones?
Along with the already established rules, there are a couple of new things you need to remember if you're living in a red zone.
First and foremost, you can no longer go work out at your local gym as of Thursday. It's also mandatory to wear a mask whenever you do outdoor physical activity in a group of maximum eight people.
If you're a high school student, you'll be going back to alternating school days, won't be able to do any extracurriculars, and you must wear a mask at all times, even in a classroom.
You'll still be able to go shopping or go to the cinema, however, but expect the rules to be enforced more than they already are.
"Those in charge of businesses and companies must understand that the variant is very dangerous. If you don't enforce the rules, you risk being shut down," said Legault.
When will things reopen again?
The government didn't give a timeframe as to when we can expect things to be open again.
What Legault did hint at, however, is that Montrealers might be in for another 8 p.m. curfew if things don't get better.
"We will not hesitate. If there is an increase, for example, in the number of cases in the coming days in Montreal, we're going to put the curfew back to 8 p.m.," said the premier.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
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."