Bars will be allowed to reopen, organized sports can resume, and there will soon be no limits on capacity for venues, Quebec Premier François Legault announced Tuesday.
It’s the latest in a series of reopening announcements, as the province steadily backs away from the mass shutdowns put in place in December due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Home gatherings will no longer have restrictions as of this Saturday, Feb. 12, though public health recommends having at most 10 people present.
In addition, restaurants will also be allowed to accommodate a maximum of 10 people per table as of Saturday. Currently, only four people, or two households, are allowed to sit together at a restaurant.
Organized sports matches, like hockey, will be allowed to resume as of Monday, Feb. 14. Gyms and spas, as previously announced, will also be allowed to open on that date. Legault said that tournaments, however, will only be allowed to restart two weeks later, on Feb. 28.
As of Feb. 21, all retail businesses will be allowed to reopen at full capacity. Places of worship will remain at 50 per cent capacity, but with a maximum of 500 people.
As of Feb. 28, working from home will no longer be mandatory when possible in the province. Large venues, like Montreal’s Bell Centre, will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity.
Bars, which have been closed since Dec. 20, will also be allowed to reopen as of Feb. 28. They will have to operate at 50 per cent capacity and sanitary restrictions will remain in place, including a ban on dancing and karaoke, until March 14.
Also on March 14, restaurants, bars and large venues like the Bell Centre will be allowed to operate at full capacity.
Health Minister Christian Dubé said there are no plans to lift mandatory mask mandates and the province’s vaccine passport, but did not rule out repealing them on or after March 14.
More to come.