Restaurants and gyms allowed to open again in Montreal, Laval starting June 7

Montreal and Laval will see further restrictions lifted June 7, as will sectors of Chaudière-Appalaches, Lower Saint-Lawrence and Eastern Townships.

Details on moving up second doses coming Thursday, as province lifts more restrictions

Premier François Legault sounded a note of caution for people not to gather indoors, even as he announced a further lifting of restrictions on Tuesday. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Gyms will be allowed to open and restaurants will be allowed to serve diners inside in Montreal and Laval starting June 7, Premier François Legault announced Tuesday.

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

The sectors of Chaudière-Appalaches, Lower Saint-Lawrence and Eastern Townships that were under stricter rules will also have those lifted the same day, meaning there will be no red zones across the province.

Quebec is seeing a steady decline in cases — with a rolling seven-day average of 339 — as well as hospitalizations and deaths.

Dr. Horacio Arruda, the province's public health director, said there could be a slight rise in cases as restrictions lift but he doesn't expect that to compromise the health-care system.

Arruda pointed out, as well, that much of the province's older population has now been given a dose of vaccine.

Still, both Arruda and Legault sounded a note of caution in announcing the lifting of restrictions.

Legault encouraged people to gather outside — even if it means putting the TV outside to watch the Habs as they move on to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

"We have to stay very careful with indoor gatherings," Legault said.

"We need to keep our distance and wear the masks until our two doses."

Elsewhere in the province, several regions will see even more restrictions lifted. 

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec, as well as some parts of the Lower Saint-Lawrence, will move into the so-called yellow zone, in which small indoor gatherings are allowed

Other regions will move into the green, including Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the North Shore and northern Quebec, where there are only limited restrictions in place. 

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

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