Quebec easing pandemic measures sooner, will lift mask requirements

With the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations dropping and signs the pandemic is waning, Quebec has decided to move up the dates for easing of restrictions. Other provinces have done the same.

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QUEBEC — The province is going to ease COVID-19 pandemic health measures earlier than planned, including removing face-mask rules in most public spaces by mid-April.

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Measures including the vaccination passport obligation will be eased starting March 12, two days earlier than originally planned, the ministry of health said in a statement Wednesday.

Quebec has also decided public places plus bars, restaurants, taverns and casinos will be allowed to operate at full capacity starting March 12. Dancing and karaoke will also be allowed.

Quebec has already announced elementary and high school students will no longer be required to wear masks when they return from their respective March breaks, but now says masks will no longer be required in public spaces (other than public transit) no later than mid-April (with a pre-advisory period of 10 days).

At the earliest in the month of May (again with a pre-advisory period of 10 days) masks will be dropped from public transit as well.

The specific days are to be announced at a later date.

Quebec’s interim director of public health, Dr. Luc Boileau, is to hold a news conference Thursday to explain the plan further.

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