COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Tuesday
Cinemas and indoor sports facilities across province will reopen for March break
- Quebec reported 669 new cases on Tuesday and 20 more deaths (six in the last 24 hours).
- Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 278,187 confirmed cases and 10,246 people have died.
- There are 771 people in hospital (a decrease of 33), including 134 in intensive care (a decrease of two).
- 2,732 doses of vaccine were administered. A total of 297,694 doses have been administered since Dec. 14.
- Businesses and other services are gradually reopening. Here's a list of what is open, and what is still closed.
Quebec Premier François Legault says movie theatres and indoor sports facilities across the province will be allowed to reopen during March break, but the rest of the province's red-zone restrictions will stay in place in all but one region.
The Outaouais will be downgraded to an orange zone, Legault said on Tuesday afternoon. As for the rest, residents can expect restaurant dining rooms to stay closed and the 8 p.m. curfew will remain in place.
"The pandemic is not over," Legault said. "There are still some significant risks."
He said cinemas, sports arenas and indoor pools will be open on Feb. 26 to allow parents to enjoy activities with their children, but people must respect public health measures.
If you have been feeling isolated, we've compiled some ways to help cope as part of a special CBC Quebec project called Out of the Dark: Real Talk on Mental Health.
Top COVID-19 stories today
- Montreal community groups press, once again, for race-based data on COVID-19.
- Quebec is scrambling to stay ahead of the spread of new COVID-19 variants.
- Finally reopening, museums look to give a boost to a weary public.
- The first report cards are in for Quebec students, and the results are worrisome.
- Should I wear a mask outdoors? Your COVID-19 questions answered
- Quebec signing more contracts with private clinics to help clear surgery waitlists.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsening cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
- Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea).
If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.
Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces across the province.
- Stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible.
- Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay outside the country.