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

More details about Quebec's back-to-school plan have been announced, and front-door boarding is in place on all public transit in the Montreal area. Here is what you need to know.

Quebec announces back-to-school plan that includes masks in hallways, buses

A student has her hands sanitized in the schoolyard in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., last spring. All elementary and high school students are expected to be back in class for the fall term. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)
  • Quebec reported  98 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 death Monday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 60,627 confirmed cases and 5,696 people have died. 
  • There are 157 people in hospital (an increase of one), including 21 in intensive care (a decrease of one). Here's a guide to the numbers.
  • CBC Montreal is collecting stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please get in touch.
  • Having trouble keeping track of what has reopened? Consult our list.

Students from Grade 5 and up will have to wear masks as they head back to school, Quebec Education Minister Jean-François Roberge announced Monday as part of the province's updated back-to-school plan. 

The mask rule will apply to older elementary students, high school students  —  and people in vocational training or adult education programs — in common areas, including school transportation. 

But, once inside the classroom, the mask rule will not apply.

The province has also backtracked on the idea of "bubbles" containing six students. When the school year starts up, entire classes will be considered "bubbles." 

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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. 

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.

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

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