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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend

As of Sunday, Quebec further loosened restrictions on bars, restaurants and events due to the province's climbing vaccination rate. Here's what you need to know.

Quebec bars and restaurants can serve alcohol later, festivals can welcome more spectators

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is shown at La Ronde amusement park in Montreal as the Quebec government continues its efforts to get more young people vaccinated. (Jean-Claude Taliana/CBC)
  • Quebec reported 125 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and one death in the past 24 hours. 
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 377,297 confirmed cases and 11,241 people have died.
  • There are 60 people in hospital (a decrease of one), including 17 in intensive care (a decrease of three).
  • 68,123 doses of vaccine were administered for a total of 10,980,147 doses administered in Quebec.
  • 83 per cent of the eligible population in the province (age 12 and up) have received one dose of vaccine, and 64 per cent have received two doses.

COVID-19 data is no longer updated by Quebec's Health Ministry on weekends or on public holidays.

Quebec has further loosened restrictions on bars, restaurants and events due to the province's climbing vaccination rate.

As of Sunday at 12:01 a.m., bars and restaurants are officially allowed to serve alcohol until 1 a.m.— one hour longer than was currently permitted — and stadiums, venues and festivals can welcome 15,000 spectators outdoors, up from 5,000. The details on all changes can be found here.

The relaxed measures were announced last week as more than 60 per cent of all eligible Quebecers have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Meanwhile, Quebec's 18 to 34 age group is close to hitting the 75 per cent vaccination target.

According to the province's health minister Friday, only 50,000 more young adults need to get vaccinated before 75 per cent of all eligible age groups in Quebec will have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

"The data is encouraging," Christian Dubé said in a tweet. "The evolution of new cases in Quebec is stable despite what is happening in the rest of the world."

Regardless of the province's optimism, however, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of COVID-19 cases this week.

On Tuesday, 73 infections were reported. Since then, the province has recorded daily totals of 133, 138 and 125.

In that time, however, the number of hospitalizations has gone down. 

Overall, 83 per cent of Quebecers aged 12 and older have received one vaccine dose, and 64 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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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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