LIVE: Partial deconfinement from Monday

LIVE: Partial deconfinement from Monday

The Prime Minister, François Legault, gave a press briefing in the company of the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, and the national director of the Acting Public Health, Dr. Luc Boileau./Josie Desmarais/Metro

From Monday, the restaurants will again be able to welcome customers indoors. These will, of course, have to present their vaccination passport. However, restaurateurs will be asked to limit their seating capacity by half.

A relaxation is also granted to young athletes. Extracurricular and civilian sports will resume for minors as of January 31. A maximum of 25 people can take part in the activities. No competition will be tolerated. “Public health is very important to it,” justified Prime Minister François Legault, during a press briefing on Tuesday.

The ski chalets will be open again. A vaccination passport will have to be shown to enter, and their capacity will be limited to 50%. Cultural sites, such as the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden and the Planetarium will be open under the same conditions.

Gatherings in private homes are again permitted. A maximum of two bubbles or four separate people are allowed to congregate. Private residences for seniors (RPA) will allow up to four visitors per resident, two of whom at a time. This limit is set at two for CHSLDs, so one visitor at a time.

The idea is to take it easy. If you have one word to remember today, it’s take it easy.

François Legault, Prime Minister of Quebec

Cinemas, theaters and sports halls will be able to open from February 7. These openings will however be made with restrictions, while the maximum capacity of the rooms will be limited by half, with a maximum of 500 participants. The culture community has been asking for more “predictability” from the government for several weeks.

At this time, places of worship will also be accessible. Their maximum capacity will be halved, with a maximum of participants set at 250 people. A vaccination passport will be required to access it, except in the event of a funeral. In these circumstances, the limit of participants is set at 50.

Premier François Legault meets with the media in Montreal to provide an update on the health measures in place in the province. He is accompanied by the Minister of Health Christian Dubé, as well as the National Director of Public Health, Luc Boileau.

Slight decrease in hospitalizations reported in the province, while intensive care admissions are stable. The drop in hospitalizations in Quebec health establishments is 21 people, which gives a total of 3,278 people bedridden in hospitals in the province. Quebec has recorded 85 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The human toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec has now risen to 12 936 deaths.

Tension is mounting across the province, as many entrepreneurs demand the reopening of their businesses. This is particularly the case for Isabelle Lavoie, owner of the Salon de quilles Darling, in Hochelaga.

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