MONTREAL -- A curfew is in effect for regions considered red zones in Quebec. These include Montreal, Laval, the Laurentians, Lanaudiere, Monteregie, Quebec City and Bas-Saint-Laurent. 

In additions the MRCS of Matanie, Matapedia and La Mitis are considered red zones, and special emergency measures are in place in Outaouais and Chaudiere-Appalaches.

As of May 3, Quebecers in these regions will need to stay in their homes from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. or risk a fine of up to $6,000. Officers can also hand out a $500 fine to young people 14 years old and over.

Six of Quebec's regions will be designated as orange zones: Gaspesie-Iles-de-la-Madelein, Bas-St-Laurent, Abitibi-Temiscamingue, Cote-Nord, Nord du Quebec and Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.

In those areas, curfew will remain in place, but will begin at 9:30 p.m. Below is a breakdown of the regulations that are in place.


  • People are permitted to leave their homes for health-care and humanitarian reasons or priority work
  • People who need to obtain medication following a medical appointment are permitted to leave their homes. People accompanying patients to a medical appointment are also permitted to drive them
  • People are permitted to go or return from a vaccination clinic
  • People are permitted to go or return to hospitals, clinics or dentist or optometrist offices
  • People are permitted to visit a sick or injured parent
  • Residents can walk their dogs within one kilometre of their homes
  • Gas stations and pharmacies may remain open
  • Travel is permitted for those travelling to and from evening classes or laboratories in a recognized school
  • Parents are permitted to accompany his or her children to the home of the other parent who has custody of them
  • Parents are permitted to accompany a sick child to a hospital
  • Parents may accompany an adolescent to work
  • A person is permitted to travel to give blood under the supervision of Hema-Quebec
  • Those transporting goods and those managing supply chains can continue to operate
  • Travellers heading to an airport, bus or train station are permitted to do so
  • Homeless people are exempt from the curfew

Those permitted to travel during the curfew due to work must ask their employers to download, print out and complete the form on the government's site.


  • Multiple visitors are not permitted at your home from another address
  • Private indoor gatherings are not permitted
  • Single individuals are permitted to visit from another address
  • One informal caregiver is permitted
  • Service or support workers are permitted
  • People are already hired for work are permitted



  • Shops
  • Libraries
  • Beauty salons and esthetic care
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Cinemas (without food or drink services)
  • Auditoriums with a maximum of 250 people
  • Pool and personal care services at spas
  • Daycare centres and home childcare providers
  • CEGEPS and universities with gradually reopen some classes based on the situation at that institution, and with physical distancing measures


  • Indoor contact-free sports for individuals and groups of two and members of the same household (those from different households must stay two metres apart)
  • Outdoor contact-free sports for up to eight people
  • Funerals with a maximum of 25 people excluding funeral establishment staff (no food or alcohol may be served)
  • Demonstrations, but with mandatory mask-wearing or face covering
  • Community organizations' services
  • Places of worship with a limit of 25 people


  • Childcare services within the accommodation limits (children cannot lose their places if parents decide not to send their children to the childcare service)
  • Preschool and elementary education is open (with some exceptiosn) with classes required to operate following public health measures
  • Secondary school students in Secondary III, IV and V attend school every second day
  • Lunch with students from a stable classroom group
  • Measures do not apply to students with disabilities or those experiencing adjustment or learning difficulties attending a specialized school, special class or the Work-Oriented Training Pathway
  • Adult education programs are open with distanced education emphasized
  • Internships and laboratories are maintained for adult education and higher education programs
  • Post-secondary classes should prioritize distnaced learning

For all education levels:

  • Extracurricular activities are suspended except in primary school where they are premitted but only in classroom groups
  • Field trips are permitted within class bubbles
  • Visitors to schools to be kept to a minimum