Orange Zones: What Are the Rules?

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Some parts of Quebec are in orange zones. Here’s a summary of the rules and restrictions in those areas.

If you want to find out whether your area is in an orange zone, you can visit the Quebec government’s webpage.

At home

Gatherings at home or outdoors are allowed. However, there is a maximum of six people. This limit doesn’t apply to people living together.

Someone who does not live with you can be in your home to receive or offer services or support related to: 

  • your health or security
  • personal or esthetic care
  • commercial or professional services
  • care for children or for a vulnerable person
  • domestic tasks or other activities related to daily life or to education
  • maintenance, repairs or renovation services
  • a visit to sell or rent a residence
  • any other service or support of a similar nature.

Outdoors organized activities

Outdoors organized activities are allowed in public indoor and outdoor spaces. The maximum is 25 people. This means events like those in rented halls, weddings, barbeques, picnics, school events, etc., are all allowed. However, dancing and karaoke are still not allowed.

If your event has a liquor licence, alcohol sales must end at 11pm and no alcohol can be consumed after midnight.

For events where attendees are seated, relatively immobile, will not talk much or talk at all, and who are supervised by staff (for example, in a concert hall, theatre, or cinema), a maximum of 250 people can attend. This limit also applies to places of worship.

Restaurants, bars, and casinos

These businesses can remain open in orange zones. However, you can only have 6 people at the same table.

Alcohol sales must end at 11pm and no alcohol can be consumed after midnight. Dancing and karaoke are still not allowed.

Bars must keep a register of their customers. For more details, see our article on the subject.

Private gathering (indoors or outdoors)Organized activity in a public place (indoors or outdoors)Large gatherings in halls or places or worshipRestaurants, bars, casinos
Maximum number allowed6 people25 people250 people6 people per table

Visits to CHSLDs and private seniors’ residences

You can only visit a CHSLD (long term care home) for two reasons:

  • For humanitarian reasons or as required by a resident’s state of health.
  • You are a caregiver who provides a significant assistance to a resident.

For visits to RPA’s (residence privée pour aînée or private senior’s residence), there is a limit of six people per residential unit. This limit includes the resident. The RPA must keep a register of visitors.

You should know: the rules for visiting people who are receiving palliative care or who are nearing the end of their life are less restrictive. To learn more, please read our article on the subject.