MONTREAL -- Popcorngate? Swimming pools? Curfew? The rules around what is and isn't allowed in Quebec are changing all the time.  

Non-essential businesses and services have reopened in Quebec, though exact guidelines vary from place to place. 

Here's where we are now (not sure what zone you're in? Check the list at the bottom):


In red zones, stay-at-home orders are in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

In orange zones, curfew starts from 9:30 p.m. and goes to 5 a.m.

Exceptions include homeless people, dog walking, pharmacy visits, essential work, in-person evening classes, travel for judicial reasons, and hospital visits. Parents can accompany sick children to the doctor, and people can give someone who cannot drive a lift to the hospital. 

When will it end? That depends, according to Premier Francois Legault. In an early-March press conference, Legault said that removing the province's curfew will depend on the spread of highly contagious variants of the virus in the coming weeks.


Retailers, including shopping malls, are open with restricted capacity.


Hair and beauty salons are open with restricted capacity.


In red zones, restaurants will have to settle for delivery and take out only.

In orange zones, people can dine in with a maximum of two adults per table, who may be accompanied by their children under the age of 18.

Bars are still closed everywhere. Microbreweries and distilleries cannot provide on-site eating or drinking. 

In orange zones, snowmobile or quad rest stops that offer meal service must follow the same regulations as restaurants, i.e., no more than two adults, accompanied by their underage children, per table. Customers must have a reservation, and their contact information must be recorded in a register kept by the restaurant owner.


Students in class bubbles do not need to distance. Students and staff from different class bubbles need to maintain distance at all times. 

As of March 8, students in grades 1 to 6 in primary schools in red zones will be required to wear a procedure mask at all times in the classroom, when they move around and on school transport.

In-person extracurricular activities are suspended. Extracurricular activities that take place entirely online or at a distance are permitted.

On-campus learning can resume in universities and CEGEPs with class capacity capped at 50 per cent. All staff and students must wear a surgical mask when possible. Masks will be provided to schools by the province.


Indoor sports facilities such as pools are open with a limit of two people or a family group participating at a time. 

Outdoor activities are limited to eight people per group, plus an instructor. 


Cinemas are open. Surgical masks are mandatory. 

Auditoriums remain closed in red zones.

In orange zones, venues with fixed and numbered seating can reopen with reduced capacity and distancing. All attendees need to wear surgical masks.


Libraries can reopen for pick up.

Museums (museum institutes, biodomes, planetariums, insectariums, botanical gardens, aquariums, zoos and walkthroughs) are open with restricted attendance.


Private gatherings are still prohibited, except that one visitor is allowed to provide a service, offer support or to visit a person living alone.

A person who lives alone can join another household's family bubble so long as they can form a stable group. 

Groups formed this way are asked to not visit homes of anyone who is not in the bubble.


Protests are allowed so long as all participants wear a face covering.


Places of worship are open for a maximum of 10 people in red zones and 25 people in orange zones.

In both zones, up to 25 people may attend a funeral at a time.


Montréal, Laval, the Laurentians, Lanaudière, Montérégie, Quebec City, Chaudière-Appalaches, Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec and the Eastern Townships.


Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Côte-Nord, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Nord-du-Québec, Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean and Outaouais.

On March 8, Quebec City, Chaudière-Appalaches, the Eastern Townships and Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec will come orange zones.