MONTREAL -- Quebec has entered the third wave, and the rules around what is and isn't allowed are changing all the time.  

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


In both red and orange zones, stay-at-home orders are in place from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

There is no curfew in yellow zones.

Until May 3, Montreal and Laval are under a longer curfew, which begins at 8 p.m. and lifts at 5 a.m.

Until at least May 9, the Quebec City, Outaouais and Chaudiere-Appalaches regions will also be under an 8 p.m. curfew.  

In all zones, there are exceptions to curfew for homeless people, dog walking, pharmacy visits, essential work (as proven by a employer letter), in-person evening classes, travel for judicial reasons, and hospital visits.

Parents can accompany sick children to the doctor, or to 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.

In Quebec City, Gatineau and Chaudiere-Appalaches, non-essential services are only available for pick-up.


Hair and beauty salons are open with restricted capacity, with the exception of the Quebec City, Gatineau and Chaudiere-Appalaches regions.


In red zones, as well as in Quebec City, Chaudiere-Appalaches and Gatineau, 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.

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.

In yellow zones, restaurants are open to people with proof that they live in an area classified by a risk level of orange or lower. In other words, people from red zones or areas under special emergency measures cannot dine-in. 

Bars and casinos are also open with restricted capacity. Alchohol sales end at 11, and only those who live in yellow and green zones can enter.


Classes are open in most places, but not all students are in class every day.

Students have been divided into class bubles, where they don't need to distance. Students and staff from different class bubbles, however, need to maintain six feet distance at all times. 

In Quebec City, Chaudiere-Appalache and Gatineau, schools are closed and students will move to full-time remote learning.

As of May 3, elementary schools and most service centres in the Quebec City and Chaudiere-Appalaches regions will reopen, with the exception of the Lac Etchemin and Bellechasse area.

Secondary three, four and five students in Montreal and Quebec's other red zones are attending class on alternate days.

Students in grades 1 to 6 and secondary school in red zones are required to wear a procedure mask at all times in the classroom, common areas and on school transport.

In-person extracurricular activities are prohibited in red zones, though they can continue in other areas.

For orange zones, the maximum number of participants is set at 12 students for outdoor activities and 8 students for indoor activities.

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 gyms are closed in red zones as of April 8. Pools, skating rinks, badminton and tennis facilities will stay open for up to two people from different family groups, or more from the same bubble. 

Also from that date, private lessons for up to two people from the same residence are permitted with distancing. 

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

Outdoor sports are allowed for up to eight people, or more than eight if all participants are from the same household. 

In orange zones, up to 12 people living in orange zones may play sports outdoors with more people, with new rules expanding the number of participants to 12. Indoor sports will be limited to eight people in orange zones. 

Physical distancing measures still need to be followed under the new guidelines in both orange and red zones. 


In red, orange and yellow zones, auditoriums and cinemas are open. Surgical masks are mandatory, distancing is mandatory, and attendance is reduced. 

Cinemas and auditoriums are closed in Quebec City, Chaudiere-Appalache and Gatineau.


Libraries can reopen in all zones, except Quebec City, Chaudiere-Appalache and Gatineau, where they are open for pick-up only.

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, or a family with a single parent, 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.


Funerals are capped at 25 people in all areas except yellow zones, where 50 people can attend. 

In red zones, as well as those under emergency measures, places of worship can accomodate up to 25 people, while 50 can attend in orange zones, and 250 in yellow. 

In all places of worship, wearing an intervention mask (procedure mask) is compulsory. A distance of two metres must be maintained at all times between people who do not reside at the same address.


Quebec City, Outaouais, Chaudière-Appalaches regions. 


Montreal, Laval, the Laurentians, Lanaudière, Montérégie, and Bas-Saint-Laurent.


Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Côte-Nord, the Eastern Townships and Mauricie–Centre-du-Quebec.


Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Nord-du-Québec.