New health measures

Under the recommendation of public health experts, the government of Quebec has announced the implementation of additional measures to break the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the safety of Quebecers.
These new measures came into force on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 and will be applicable for four weeks, until February 8th, 2021, throughout Quebec.

1. CURFEW
As of Saturday, January 9, 2021, a curfew will be in effect. Between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Quebecers must not leave their homes except in cases that justify travel such as healthcare, humanitarian reasons, or to engage in priority work.
Police officers can issue statements of offence to individuals who do not abide by the curfew unless their travel is legitimate.
Outside of curfew hours, Quebeckers will still have to reduce their contacts. It will no longer be possible for single people to join a family bubble. As of January 8, they will only be able to host a single person, as was the case before the holiday season.

2. TELEWORKING AND CLOSING OF NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS
In offices, teleworking will continue to be compulsory with the exception of workers whose presence is deemed necessary by the employer for the pursuit of the activities of the organization, whether public or private. This means that all businesses and office towers will have to be closed.
It should be noted that all municipal employees have been designated by the provincial government as essential workers. The Town of Hampstead has responded to our government's call and allowed teleworking as much as possible in order to reduce the number of people in the offices and to protect the health of employees who must remain on site (example: urban planning department , public security, administrative employees of the community center).
The closure of non-essential businesses is maintained until February 8th. Pick-up at the door will however be permitted. Thus, it will be possible to buy a product online and have it delivered or to pick it up on site, without entering the store, while respecting the sanitary measures.
In order to comply with the 8:00 p.m. curfew, all businesses must close their doors no later than 7:30 p.m. Restaurants may however continue to offer a delivery service.
The dining rooms of restaurants, gyms, theaters, cinemas, hair salons and places of worship will also be closed until February 8th.
Pharmacies and gas stations will remain open according to their usual hours. Pharmacies will only be able to sell drugs and essentials, while gas stations will only be able to sell food, gasoline and road vehicle products.

3. MANUFACTURERS AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES
Activities reduced to a minimum to complete current commitments. Teleworking is mandatory when possible and shifts must be adjusted to limit the staff present at any time on production and construction sites.

4. INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
All social, recreational or sports activities will now have to be limited to the family bubble. Concretely, activities such as walking, alpine skiing and cross-country skiing will be tolerated, provided that it is not in a group. Indoor sports activities will be prohibited as of January 8, 2021, with the exception of physical education classes and special programs in a school context, the training of identified athletes and professional sports that have received an authorization from the Health public.
It will no longer be allowed to participate in outdoor activities with eight (8) people, unless all participants are part of the same family bubble and live together at the same address.
In outdoor areas with controlled access, traffic management must be carried out.
In places with free access, the reception capacity must be indicated, as well as a reminder of the health instructions.
Outdoor activities carried out in free practice in compliance with health instructions. Alpine ski resorts will remain open, but they will not be able to offer evening skiing until February 8.
The authorization to operate film sets is maintained.
Places of worship will be closed. Funeral ceremonies will have to be postponed or even limited to a maximum of 10 people.

5. ACTIIVTIES ORGANIZED IN A PUBLIC PLACE
Prohibited, except for funerals where a maximum of 10 people is allowed.

6. ADDITIONAL MEASURES IN SCHOOLS
Keeping schools open remains one of the top priorities of the Government of Quebec.
Primary schools will open as scheduled on January 11th. Certain measures will be increased, in particular with regard to the wearing of a face covering: all children will have to wear one in the hallways and common areas and children in 5th and 6th years will have to wear it in class.
Secondary schools will open a week later, on January 18th, with certain reinforced measures, including the distribution of two procedural masks per day per student and per teacher. Everyone will have to wear a mask in class, without exception.
Wearing a face cover is not intended for the preschool cycle.
The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, is currently working on measures to support academic success, the reorganization of exams and additional help in mental health.
Note that from January 11th, children will be able to study in municipal libraries, following the sanitary recommendations. This measure will allow young people who do not have Internet at home to have access to it.
Educational childcare services, for their part, remain open to all.

7. RESTAURANTS
Dining rooms are closed. Delivery, takeout, and drive-through orders only. Only delivery will be possible during the curfew.

8. TRAVEL BETWEEN REGIONS AND CITIES
Not recommended (except for essential travel, students, workers, shared custody, freight transportation).

9. INDOOR OR OUTDOOR VISITORS (HOMES AND CHALETS)
Prohibited: visitors from another address.
Accepted: a single visitor from another address for single people (always receiving the same person in order to limit social contact). It is permissible to receive a caregiver, people offering service or support and labor for scheduled work (electrician, plumber, etc.).

10. PERSONAL AND BEAUTY CARE SERVICES
Services are closed until February 8th, 2021.
Saunas and spas are closed, except for massage therapy provided there.

11. PRIVATE PROFESSIONAL AND HEALH SERVICES
Open only for services that require an individual’s presence.

12. COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Services maintained