Expect to receive an alert on your cellphone today, January 9, 2021 around 6pm reminding Quebecers of the strict, new curfew. A curfew from 8 pm to 5 am and other specific measures will be enforced during this period to reduce the spread and lessen the strain on Quebec’s healthcare system.
It will last at least four weeks, until Feb. 8, 2021, and violators could face fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Those minors over 14 years old can also face a fine of $500.
An increased police presence will be visible on the streets this weekend to enforce the curfew.
Due to the severity of the current COVID-19 crisis, all of Québec, except the Cree Territory of James Bay and Nunavik, will be placed on Maximum Alert (red zone) from January 9 up to and including February 8, 2021. This region is under confinement from January 9 to February 8, 2021.
Guilbault sent out a tweet stating that the province will send out an emergency alert this afternoon to remind Quebecers of the curfew, and that there will be an increased police presence on the streets over the weekend.
The curfew comes as Quebec’s COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise and hospitals say they’re filling up and risk becoming overwhelmed.
Curfew Rules as noted on the Gouvernement du Québec’s site.
As of Saturday, January 9, 2021, a curfew will be in effect. Between 8 pm and 5 am, Quebecers must not leave their homes except in cases that justify travel.
- a person whose presence is required at the person’s place of work or who is transporting goods needed for the ongoing activities of the person’s enterprise;
- a person who is going to a pharmacy to obtain medication or pharmaceutical, hygienic or sanitary products;
- a person who must go to or return from a hospital, a clinic, or a dentist’s or optometrist’s office;
- a person who must visit a sick or injured parent;
- a student who must participate in a face-to-face evening class or go to a laboratory in a recognized school;
- a parent who must accompany his or her children to the home of the other parent who has custody of them;
- a person who is going to take an inter-regional or inter-provincial bus, a train or a plane for final travel to the person’s destination;
- a person who must go out so that his dog can do its business, within a radius of no more than one kilometre from the person’s place of residence or temporary residence;
- a person who must travel in order to comply with a court judgment, to respond to a summons to appear before a court, or to exercise custody or access rights as a parent;
- a person who must accompany to a medical appointment another person who is unable to drive;
- a parent who must accompany a sick child to the hospital;
- a person travelling to give blood under the supervision of Héma-Québec;
- a parent who must accompany an adolescent to his work.
Police officers will continue to ensure compliance with health measures and can intervene when individuals are outside their homes during curfew hours. Offenders are liable to fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 if they are unable to adequately justify why they are outside the home. Young people 14 years of age and over are subject to a $500 fine.
To enable individuals who are travelling during the curfew because of their work to readily demonstrate that such travel is legitimate, employers are asked to complete the “Attestation de l’employeur – Déplacement durant le couvre-feu décrété par le gouvernement du Québec” (available only in French). This form can be downloaded on the Gouvernement du Québec’s website.
The new curfew will apply to people without homes as well. Premier Legault stated that there is enough room in shelters and other spaces to accommodate homeless persons. He stated that the intent is not to fine these vulnerable members of the community, rather to provide them with resources.
If you missed the earlier press conference this week, check out Legault Imposes Curfews, Schools will re-open.