Quebec Allows Small Indoor Gatherings as Vaccination Rates Rises

Montreal, Laval among regions expected to move to yellow zone next Monday

Quebec Premier François Legault is continuing to ease restrictions in much of the province, allowing people (including those in Montreal) to gather indoors with another household, starting next Monday.

The declining number of new COVID-19 cases (only 149 cases were reported on Tuesday) as well as rising vaccination rates have allowed the Quebec Premier to move on to the province’s reopening plan.

About 75% of Quebecers received one dose of the vaccine, while 8% of the population received both doses.

As of Monday, June 14 at 12:01 a.m., Montreal, Laval and much of the surrounding area will transition to yellow zone status, where two households will be allowed to congregate indoors and must wear the mask. Funerals and weddings with up to 50 people will also be allowed.

According to Premier Legault, high school students will also be allowed to have a prom outside as of July 8. That’s two weeks after the end of the school year, giving those attending sufficient time to build up immunity after receiving a shot of the vaccine, he said.

The celebrations will be capped at 250 people and be a one-time, mask-free “special event,” he said.

Meanwhile, teachers in yellow and green zones come next week will not be obliged to wear a mask in the classroom, as long as they can maintain two metres distance from students.

However, masks will be required for both students and teachers in common areas such as corridors and on school transportation.

Bar terrasse will also be allowed to reopen starting Friday, June 11, in regions where it was previously prohibited.

Starting Friday, supervised outdoor sports and recreation with brief contact will also be permitted in groups of 25 people in yellow zones.

Chaudière-Appalaches remains the one region of concern and restrictions there will need to remain in place, Premier Legault said.

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