Quebec enters next phase of reopening

Record Staff
Quebec enters next phase of reopening

Bars and casinos across Quebec can reopen their doors at half capacity as of this week, with opening hours up to 1 a.m. and a last call at midnight. Dancing and karaoke are still not permitted for another two weeks.

Monday marks the end of mandatory work from home orders in Quebec, although “telework” is still recommended where it is possible in order to reduce contacts between individual workers.

Places of worship and all sports and entertainment venues except major stadiums are now allowed to reopen at full capacity, and participant limits have been removed from sports competitions and tournaments.

The next step in Quebec’s reopening plan comes on March 14 with the removal of capacity limits and the vaccine passport requirement across all contexts where they were previously required.

As of Sunday there were 1,456 people in hospital with COVID-19 across the province of Quebec, a decrease of nearly 150 from the last update. 98 of those people were in intensive care, an increase of two over where things stood last Thursday, but still below 100 overall.

Hospitalization numbers for the Eastern Townships were at 80 on Friday, with four in intensive care.

The Province recorded 43 new deaths linked to Covid over the weekend, for a total of 13,974 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

As of Friday, the total number of deaths linked to the pandemic in the Eastern Townships remained unchanged from 536.

In terms of vaccine coverage across the province, 91 per cent of Quebecers have received a first dose (with coverage in 5-11-year-olds now at 65 per cent), 86 per cent of Quebecers have had a second dose (42 per cent of 5-11-year-olds) and 51 per cent have received a third dose.

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