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

As outdoor events can have 5,000 people in attendance, the city of Montreal will set up Stanley Cup final viewing parties in the Quartier des Spectacles. Here's what you need to know.

Festivals and outdoor events can have up to 5,000 attendees

While public health restrictions have gotten in the way of normal life for more than a year, some traditions never quit. Moving Day in Quebec got underway Thursday. (Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada)
  • Quebec reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday (162 since June 30) and three new deaths (seven since June 30). One death was reported in the last 24 hours. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 375,019 confirmed cases and 11,217 people have died.
  • There are 110 people in hospital (a decrease of three), including 34 in intensive care. 
  • 88,615 doses of vaccine were administered in the province over the last 24 hours, for a total of 8,491,304.
  • 81.3 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) have received one dose of vaccine, and 29.9 per cent have received two doses.

Daily COVID-19 data is no longer updated by Quebec's Health Ministry on weekends or on public holidays.

Festivals and outdoor events in Quebec are now allowed up to 5,000 attendees, starting today, just in time for Stanley Cup final viewing parties.

On Friday, the Health Ministry said the audience can also be divided into independent sections of up to 500 people, up from 250 previously.

Montreal will organize an outdoor screening for hockey fans in the Quartier des Spectacles to watch the game.

The move comes after Quebec public health refused the Montreal Canadiens' request to allow 10,500 fans in the Bell Centre, citing the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Quebec's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said today he understands the "frustration and disappointment" many fans feel.

"We support our players. Already, where they're at is extraordinary," he told Radio-Canada's Tout un matin.

But he said the presence of the more contagious Delta variant makes large gatherings risky, given that most of the population still only has one dose of vaccine. He also said allowing more than 3,500 spectators wouldn't be fair to others who have been requesting a larger capacity.

"Even if we had 10,000 fully vaccinated people in the Bell Centre, at this stage, we don't have the conditions to use vaccine passports in a way that's fair to all," he said.

Olympic Stadium clinic hours extended

Operating hours of the Olympic Stadium vaccination clinic will be extended today and on July 5 given the Stanley Cup final screening nearby.

People who wish to get vaccinated at the site can do so from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and Monday. 

Second dose rules

People who received Moderna as their first COVID-19 vaccine dose must stick with that brand for their second.

Only recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines can choose to receive Moderna or Pfizer for their second doses.

Anyone can advance the date of their second dose and change the location of their appointment.

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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.

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


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