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Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people permitted in Québec as of June 22

Based on knowledge related to the transmission of COVID-19 and the pandemic situation, public health authorities in Québec are announcing changes with regard to physical distancing for indoor gatherings in public places and between children aged 16 and under.

Indoor gatherings with the public

As of June 22, indoor gatherings with a maximum of 50 people will be permitted. As in other circumstances, a distance of 2 metres will be recommended between people. However, in places where seated persons will not have to move for reasons other than entering or leaving the gathering, such as the classrooms, theatres and cinémas, a physical distance of 1.5 metres will be allowed.

The 1.5 metre physical distance will only apply to spectators. Artists, entertainers or others must respect a distance of 2 metres.

For gatherings in private places, physical distance will not apply to people from the same household.

In places where there is increased traffic, such as common areas or queues, the distance to be respected between people will remain 2 metres. Wearing a mask or face covering is also recommended in these circumstances.

Physical distance between children

Children aged 16 and under may also, starting June 22, be at a distance of 1 metre from each other. This flexibility will allow children to interact more easily, while maintaining a safe distance. It will apply to daycare services, schools and day camps in all regions of Québec, as long as the epidemiological situation is stable.

Until more knowledge is known about the transmission of the virus, it is essential to continue promoting proven and internationally recognized measures such as frequent hand washing and respiratory etiquette.

The creation of bubbles, formed of children or young people from 4 to 6 people, will allow them to exchange, play or work with each other by eliminating the distancing within these restricted groups.

Since school environments and daycare centers are considered to be mixed environments, where children and workers work side by side, the physical distance of 2 metres between adults and children must however be maintained.

To learn more about COVID-19 and the various measures implemented by the Government of Québec: Quebec.ca / coronavirus.