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

Premier François Legault is moving ahead with his plan to reopen the province. Also, Quebecers between the ages of 12 and 17 can now book their spot for a shot. Here's what you need to know.

Montreal, Laval will stay in red zone for a little longer, but curfew coming to an end

Some people in the 12-to-17 age group were able to get their first COVID-19 shots at Montreal's Bill Durnan Arena on Monday, where a limited supply of doses was set aside for walk-ins. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 346 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and six more deaths. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 368,155 confirmed cases and 11,101 people have died. 
  • There are 415 people in hospital (a decrease of nine), including 101 in intensive care (a decrease of one).
  • 54,447 more vaccine doses have been administered, for a total of 5,051,681 since Dec. 14.

Quebec Premier François Legault is moving ahead with his plan to reopen the province, given the climbing vaccination rate and improving epidemiological situation.

The province will start lifting restrictions this Friday. On that day: 

  • Curfew will be lifted across the province. 
  • Eating on patios and decks outside of restaurants will be allowed. 
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to eight people on private property will be permitted.
  • Travel between regions of Quebec will be permitted.
  • Up to 2,500 people in a large theatre or arena will be allowed with assigned seating and measures in place.

Much of the province will see a further loosening of measures next Monday, May 31, when several regions move from red to orange level. 

However, Montreal and Laval, as well as parts of three other regions, will stay red for at least another week. Quebec 

Second dose will be moved up

Quebecers will be able to move up their second appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine as early as next week.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said details are still being worked out regarding how changes will be made through the online booking system Clic Santé.

Those details will be announced Thursday.

Quebecers aged 12 to 17 can book spot

Young Quebecers between the ages of 12 and 17 can now book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Over the long weekend, a limited number of vaccine doses had been set aside for walk-ins at the Bill Durnan Arena in Montreal, but they quickly ran out.

Young people across the province in that age group are now able to reserve a spot for a shot at one of the province's vaccination sites.

From June 7 through 18, vaccination campaigns will be organized with schools. The province is aiming to administer second vaccine doses by the start of the next school year.

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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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