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The Outaouais to go orange on Feb. 22

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


The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de l'Outaouais confirms that the Outaouais region will go to the orange alert level as of February 22, 2021. The improvement in the epidemiological situation over the past few weeks, including a decrease in the number of outbreaks and hospitalizations, has made it possible to reduce the level of sanitary measures.


Here are the measures related to the orange alert level that will come into effect as of February 22nd:

  • Curfew will be effective between 9:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. the next morning, with some exceptions.

  • Inter-regional and inter-provincial travel is not recommended.

  • Gatherings in private areas are prohibited with some exceptions.

  • Restaurants will be allowed to re-open with a limit of two adults per table accompanied by their minor children with proof of local residency and record keeping.

  • Bars, breweries, casinos and taverns must remain closed.

  • Sporting and recreational activities including activities, lessons, even those at home are permitted indoors in public places for individuals, couples or between occupants of the same residence. Thus, gyms will be allowed to re-open.

  • Outdoor sports or recreational activities will be permitted with a maximum of 8 people.

  • Recreational activities are permitted.

  • Movie theatres and concert halls will be allowed to reopen as of February 26, 2021.

  • For more information on the measures regarding this alert level, please visit the following website:


https://www.quebec.ca/sante/problemes-de-sante/a-z/coronavirus-2019/systeme-alertes-regionales-et-intervention-graduelle/palier-3-alerte-zone-orange/


Despite this change of level, the CISSS de l'Outaouais asks the population to remain cautious. The number of non-essential social contacts should continue to be limited and basic measures should continue to be followed, including a physical distance of 2 metres, wearing a face cover and hand hygiene. Following sanitary measures remains our best tool to prevent further outbreaks and to protect everyone from Covid-19.


For more information on Covid-19, the population is invited to check the Quebec government website at quebec.ca/coronavirus or our website with Covid-19 information for the Outaouais region at https://cisss-outaouais.gouv.qc.ca/covid-19/


For those who have symptoms or concerns about Covid-19, contact the dedicated information line at 1-877-644-4545.

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