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Larger outdoor gatherings, relaxed mask and distancing measures coming to Outaouais region

Some local health restrictions are being eased on June 28, after provincial measures are relaxed on June 25.
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The Outaouais Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSS) is seeing low enough levels of COVID-19 and high enough vaccination rates that it's being allowed to enter into Quebec's 'green level' of public health restrictions.

This means, as of June 28, gatherings of up to 20 people will be allowed outdoors in the region. The health unit says up to 20 people will also be allowed at the same table at restaurant and bar patios.  

A maximum of 10 people, or occupants of three different households, will be allowed to come together inside private homes.

At movie theatres, performance halls and stadiums with assigned seats, the Outaouais health unit says the distance of 1.5 metres between the seats of people who do not reside at the same address can now be calculated laterally, which will increase the number of spectators. Seats must be freed up in the same row between the people of different residences, but it will no longer be necessary to free up a space of 1.5 m in front and behind the people.

The health unit adds that wedding ceremonies and funerals may be held in public places, indoor and outdoor, with a maximum of 250 people who will stay seated.

Other public health measures will be eased on Friday, June 25, in all regions of Quebec. 

Wearing a mask and distancing during gatherings in private homes will no longer be recommended for people who have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Outdoor festivals can get back underway with a maximum of 3,500 people authorized on each site, in compliance with certain measures.

For any information on COVID-19, Quebec residents are invited to consult the provincial government's website or the Outaouais health unit's website.

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