COVID-19 in Quebec: What You Need to Know This Weekend

  • Quebec reported 591 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday and two new deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 424,393 confirmed cases and 11,493 people have died.
  • There are 244 persons in the hospital (a decrease of six), including 67 in the intensive care unit (a decrease of one).
  • 90 percent of the eligible population in the province (12 years and older) have received one dose of vaccine, and 87 percent have received two doses.

Note: The Quebec Department of Health does not publish the number of vaccines administered on weekends and holidays.

The federal government announced new exemptions and a standstill period for unvaccinated foreign nationals on Friday, along with details of their vaccine mandate for travelers taking effect Saturday.

From this morning at By 3 a.m., all travelers in Canada 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated before boarding aircraft, trains, or cruise ships in that country.

According to government rules, travelers must be double-vaccinated two weeks before travel.

Even the fully vaccinated must show evidence of a negative molecular COVID-19 test when they return to Canada.

The government said there would be some exceptions, such as for emergencies and special accommodation for designated remote communities, so residents can continue to access essential services.

For unvaccinated foreign nationals who do not live in Canada and entered the country before October 30, they have until February 28 to show proof of a valid COVID-19 molecular test to board an aircraft taking them out of the country.

Halloween with health measures in effect

The Quebec Department of Health says children can go trick-or-treating this Halloween, but there are still public health protocols and recommendations to follow to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

The ministry has issued a list of safety recommendations for trick-or-treating children:

  • Do not enter the houses.
  • Do not sing or shout in front of people giving sweets.
  • Keep at least one meter distance between people.
  • Disinfect or wash hands after collecting treats.
  • As for those who distribute sweets, they should be prepared in individual bags to limit contact when dispensed.

It is strongly recommended to wear a mask for those who are not adequately protected against COVID-19, the ministry said.

Senior Minister on leave

Marguerite Blais, Quebec’s senior minister, is taking another leave of absence.

In a statement, Blais said she was dealing with burnout and some minor health issues.

This is her second leave in just two months. She returned to work in September after taking a break for similar reasons in mid-August.

Health Minister Christian Dubé will take over her duties until she returns.

Restaurants, bars to loosen restrictions Nov. 1

The province will scale down public health restrictions on bars and restaurants from November 1, allowing them to reach full capacity and halve the two-meter distance rule.

Normal opening hours will also be allowed, which means that bars can again be open until 03.00. According to current rules, bars and restaurants may serve alcohol until

The ban on dancing, standing and singing remains in force. The vaccination passport will still be required, just as you wear masks when moving around the company.

If the distance of one meter can not be reached between tables, a barrier must be in place.

There will still be a ceiling on the number of people allowed at a table – 10 people from three different households.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever.
  • New or worsening cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Sudden loss of odor without nasal congestion.
  • Gastrointestinal problems (such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Sore throat
  • Generalized muscle pain.
  • Headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • Lost appetite.

If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks you to call 1-877-644-4545 to make an appointment at a screening clinic.

To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

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

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