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Quebec reopens non-essential stores, salons and museums as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Last Updated Feb 8, 2021 at 10:27 am EDT

Quebec's Premier Francois Legault and Health Minister Christian Dube head to a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic on Sept. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Summary

Universities and junior colleges to gradually reopen to allow students to attend in-person classes a few times a month


Six of the province's less-populated regions will allowing their residents to eat inside restaurant dining rooms


The government says it's still too early to remove measures such as a nighttime curfew


Non-essential stores, personal care salons and museums across Quebec will allowed to reopen Monday as the province eases some of the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

The province is also allowing universities and junior colleges to begin to gradually reopen their campuses to allow students to attend in-person classes and activities a few times a month.

But while the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has dropped in recent weeks, the government says it’s still too early to remove measures such as a nighttime curfew.

Six of the province’s less-populated regions are moving to the lower orange-alert level, allowing their residents to eat inside restaurant dining rooms, work out at gyms and stay out until 9:30 p.m., instead of 8 p.m. like the rest of the province.

The province is also allowing people across the province to participate in outdoor activities with people outside their households.

Residents will be able to meet outside with up to three people from other households, while in orange zones, the limit will be increased to eight.

Indoor gatherings are still prohibited, and bars remain closed. The government is also ordering anyone who can work from home to do so.

Restaurants in orange zones will only be allowed to seat two adults and their children at each table, and reservations will be mandatory to facilitate contact tracing and to prevent people from outside the region from visiting them.