COVID-19 restrictions lifted; closing times for bars and restaurants extended

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Quebec announced more relaxed COVID -19 measures, coming into effect Aug. 1, that will allow for bigger crowds at various venues, both indoors and outdoors, while bars can push back last call to 1 a.m. Global's Gloria Henriquez has the latest developments – Jul 26, 2021

Quebec is lifting further COVID-19 restrictions, including extending closing times for bars and restaurants, and increasing capacities for gatherings.

The health ministry announced the latest relaxed COVID-19 measures for the beginning of August on July 26.

Quebecers are now allowed to drink alcohol in bars and restaurants until 1 a.m., gaining an additional hour from the previous restrictions set at midnight.

Indoor venues and stadiums can now seat 7,500 people, with a maximum of 500 per section, and outdoor festivals can have up to 15,000 with pre-assigned seats.

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Indoor and outdoor public gatherings, including houses of worship, amateur sporting events and ceremony halls can have up to 500 people.

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Quebec is, however, maintaining mandatory masks and social distancing in enclosed public spaces and transit.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 1, 2021.

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