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CISSSO: Outaouais returns to red zone


Press release from the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais:

Gatineau, April 1, 2021 – As of April 1, at 8:00 p.m., the Outaouais region will return to the maximum alert level (red zone). This change of level is necessary due to the significant increase in new cases. Exceptional measures must be put in place to slow the spread of the virus, accelerated by the variants. These measures include closing the dining rooms of restaurants in the red zone.

With the Easter vacation approaching, it is important to remember that in the orange and red zones, unnecessary social contacts are not permitted.

It has also been announced that due to the particularly worrying situation in Gatineau and the MRC des Collines de-l'Outaouais, special emergency measures will apply in this area from April 1, at 8 p.m. until April 12, at 5 a.m. These measures include:

  • Curfew in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m;

  • Elementary and secondary schools are closed (e-learning);

  • School-based child care will remain open, but only for essential workers;

  • Educational child care services (daycares, CPEs, family settings) will remain open. However, to limit contact, families are advised to keep their children at home whenever possible, notifying the daycare service in advance;

  • The closing of cinemas, theatres and museums;

  • Closing of dining rooms in restaurants (except for delivery and take-out);

  • Closing of non-essential businesses (curbside delivery and pick-up are possible);

  • Businesses are not allowed to sell non-essential products;

  • A limit of 25 people in places of worship;

  • Outdoor sports or recreational activities permitted only with people residing at the same address or by a group of 8 people with a distance.

Following the transition to the red zone for the Outaouais, the CISSS de l'Outaouais is asking the population to make a collective effort as the COVID-19 situation is alarming and is spreading rapidly in the region. Adherence to the measures remains our best tool in the short term to get out of the critical situation in which our region finds itself until enough people are vaccinated.

For any information on COVID-19, the population is invited to visit the government of Quebec's website at or our website with information on COVID-19 for the Outaouais area at https://cisss


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