Quebec is allowing indoor public gatherings of up to 50 people beginning June 22 and reducing physical distancing requirements for children 16 years and under to one metre.
Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public health, says that in some circumstances where people don’t frequently circulate or speak to each other, such as in movie theatres, physical distancing will be reduced to 1.5 metres.
Gatherings inside private homes, however, are still restricted to 10 people from three different households.
Arruda said considering the low number of infections since schools opened in May, children 16 years and under will be able to keep a distance of one metre from one another, instead of two.
But they will need to keep a two-metre distance from adults, such as their teachers.
Also today, Quebec reported another 11 deaths attributed to COVID-19, for a total of 5,242, as well as 102 new cases of the novel coronavirus, for a total of 54,054.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 15, 2020.
The Canadian Press