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

In orange zones, curfew is the same: from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

From April 1 at 8 p.m. to April 12, three cities are under a special emergency zone: Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau. In these three cities, during this period, curfew will be at 8 p.m.

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.

In another recent press conference, Legault said he "would not hesitate" to bring curfew back to 8 p.m. if cases rise in Montreal.


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

The exception, from April 1 to April 12, is the three cities under emergency restrictions: Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau. All non-essential services are closed in these three cities.


Hair and beauty salons are open with restricted capacity, with the exception of Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau.


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.

Restaurants will be closed in Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau until April 12.

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.


Classes are open everywhere, 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, Lévis and Gatineau, schools will be closed from April 1 to April 12 and students will move to full-time remote learning.

Secondary three, four and five students in Montreal and Quebec's other red zones will be going back to 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 as of April 12 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. 


Cinemas are open. Surgical masks are mandatory.

Auditoriums are open, but as of April 8, a distance of two metres must be enforced 


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, 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.


In both orange and red zones, places of worship are open to a maximum of 250 people, with the exception of funerals and weddings, which are limited to 25.

As of April 8, a maximum of 25 people will be allowed to gather in a place of worship.

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.


Montreal, Laval, the Laurentians, Lanaudière, Montérégie, Quebec City, Outaouais, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Chaudière-Appalaches.


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