When asked by a journalist from Journal de Montreal when the COVID measures would be lifted, Horacio Arruda refused to exclude the possibility that the measures could be in place permanently.
Current measures in place in the province of Quebec include mandatory masks, limits on private gatherings, mandatory quarantine, mandatory vaccination in some industries and as of September 1st, 2021, mandatory vaccination to go to restaurants and attend any “non-essential” social activities.
A few months ago, the Quebec government promised its population that most restrictions would be lifted when 75% of the population would be fully vaccinated.
This threshold was met over the last week, but the Quebec government said it would maintain current measures, and add new ones.
When asked what is ideal vaccination threshold would be, Arruda said the new goal was now 95%.
As the vaccination coverage has reached unprecedented highs, the Quebec government is still going ahead with its domestic vaccine passport.
Starting September 1st, 2021, individuals will need to show a personalized QR code to prove their vaccination status when attending social events or going to restaurants.