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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know Tuesday

Many regions, including Montreal, will see a further loosening of restrictions as of June 7, and more details are coming on moving up second doses later this week. Here's what you need to know.

No more red zones in Quebec as of June 7, premier announces

As of yesterday, people in several Quebec regions can take their restaurant dining experience indoors. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 208 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and five new deaths (one in the last 24 hours). 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 370,527 confirmed cases and 11,133 people have died. 
  • There are 354 people in hospital (a decrease of eight), including 86 in intensive care (a decrease of three). 
  • 65,917 more vaccine doses have been administered, for a total of 5,648,992 since Dec. 14.

Many regions will see a loosening of restrictions as of June 7 and, starting next Monday, there will be no red zones in Quebec.

That means people in Montreal, Laval and certain communities in the Chaudière-Appalaches, Lower Saint-Lawrence and Eastern Townships who were still under strict measures will be allowed to dine inside restaurants and go to the gym.

High school students will also be able to attend class in person full time.

The province will also announce details Thursday for moving up second doses of COVID-19 vaccine, given the increase in supply.

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A new delivery of AstraZeneca is set to arrive in the province by mid-June, enough for those who want their second dose, but Quebec's health authorities say people can also decide to go for a different vaccine for their second dose. 1:36

First dose available without appointment at Big O

Montrealers who have yet to get a shot of COVID-19 vaccine can now get one at the Olympic Stadium without appointments. 

Until further notice, walk-ins for first doses will be accepted every day at the Big O from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

The CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, the regional health board for the eastern part of the island, says they will notify people on Twitter whenever they run out of doses. 

As for the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, it's offering Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines on a first-come-first serve basis at the Bill-Durnan Arena on Saturday and Sunday from 8 7:30 p.m. It will also be available Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The AstraZeneca vaccine will be offered as a second dose (eight weeks after the first) every day at Decarie Square from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Again, it's first come, first serve.

No prom, but good news for higher education

Quebec's Health Ministry has come out with guidelines for school graduation ceremonies, stipulating that they are to take place on school property, not in rented venues and that activities should be organized during school hours, within classroom bubbles only.

Proms or end-of-year dances are not permitted.

According to the government, students can take class photos but only in their class bubble. When it comes to signing yearbooks, this is allowed as long as each student uses their own pen.

But those students moving up to CEGEP in the fall will have something to look forward to.

No distancing at university next fall

Physical distancing will not be required for Quebec's CEGEP and university students if all goes as planned, said Danielle McCann, announced the province's minister of higher education.

Students will be allowed to sit within one metre of each other in classrooms and as close as they want in common spaces as long as 75 per cent of youth, aged 16 to 29, have both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, she said.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

  • Fever. 
  • New or worsening cough. 
  • Difficulty breathing. 
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Sore throat, runny or stuffy nose.
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • Loss of appetite.

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.  

To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask or face covering 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.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here

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