The situation in Montréal: what you need to know

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This article was updated on January 17, 2022. 


On January 13, the Gouvernement du Québec announced that the curfew will be lifted as of January 17. The vaccine passport will be required at all superstores selling non-essential goods starting on January 24. We recommend you consult government and public health websites for the latest information, given that the situation is evolving rapidly.

Health measures in Montréal and across the province

On January 13, the Gouvernement du Québec announced that the curfew (in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.) will be lifted as of January 17. Also, starting on January 24, 2022, the vaccination passport will be required at all superstores selling non-essential goods. 

The vaccine passport will be required to enter SAQ stores and SQDC outlets as of January 18, 2022. 

Restaurant dining rooms are closed and may offer take-out and delivery only. Most retail stores will be closed on Sundays for at least three weeks, with the exception of certain essential businesses. Indoor gatherings are now limited to one household bubble (except for people living alone). Visit the Gouvernement du Québec website for detailed information. 

The measures previously announced (see this PDF for details) remain in effect, including the closing of non-essential indoor activities such as performance venues, gyms, bars, movie theatres, casinos and spas. All retail stores must operate at 50% capacity. Hotels, museums and libraries remain open. Please check the opening and closing hours directly with the merchants you wish to visit.

Non-essential public activities, including conventions, conferences, seminars or other events are suspended. Indoor sports are now prohibited, but there are no new restrictions for outdoor activities. 

While interregional and domestic travel is not banned, all non-essential travel and unnecessary gatherings should be avoided

The situation is likely to change over the coming days and weeks, so we recommend that you consult the Government of Québec website regularly for updates.

Domestic and international travellers to Québec

The Government of Canada is asking everyone to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada, regardless of your vaccination status. As of December 21, 2021, all Canadians returning from short trips (72 hours or less) must take a molecular pre-entry COVID-19 test. The test can't be taken in Canada before you leave.

Fully vaccinated travellers who have been in any country other than Canada and the United States in the 14 days prior to entry to Canada may be selected for arrival testing. They must quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result. They may take public transportation (for example, connecting flights) to their place of quarantine.

Given that the situation is likely to change quickly in the near future, we recommend that you consult the Canada Border Services Agency website for the latest information.

Vaccine passport requirements

Many places and activities require proof of vaccine status. Québec residents will need to show a QR as proof of vaccination status. This code can be shown on paper, in a PDF on a mobile device or on the VaxiCode app (available to download from the App Store, and on Google Play.)

National and international travellers to Québec must show photo ID and proof issued by their country or Canadian province that they have had two doses of a recognized vaccine. Find out more on the Government of Québec website.

Limit contacts, social distance, wear a mask

Public health authorities have reiterated the importance of limiting contacts beyond our households, maintaining social distances in indoor and outdoor public spaces, and of wearing a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces or wherever the two-metre distance cannot be maintained. A mask or face cover is mandatory for people aged 10 years and over in all indoor public places (including public transit) throughout the territory of the province of Québec.

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