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Quebec relaxes COVID-19 restrictions as Ontario accelerates reopening plan

Last Updated Jun 7, 2021 at 11:14 am MDT

Some people eligible for a second COVID-19 vaccination shot wait in line at the Palais des congres vaccination site in Montreal, Sunday, June 6, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed in much of Quebec today as Ontario announced that its reopening plan will be moved ahead by several days. 

The Ontario government says it will begin loosening restrictions on businesses and outdoor gatherings as of Friday. It had originally planned to begin the first step of the reopening plan on June 14.

The province, which reported 525 new cases of COVID-19 today and 15 additional deaths, says health indicators have improved enough to begin lifting restrictions.

In Montreal, residents are able to dine inside restaurants today for the first time in eight months, as Quebec’s largest city, its northern suburb of Laval and several other municipalities became the last parts of the province to move out of its highest pandemic alert level.

Other Quebec regions saw restrictions relaxed further today, including three that are now at the province’s lowest alert level, as the province announced 194 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.

In Nunavut, health officials announced fully vaccinated travellers will be exempt from the territory’s 14-day isolation requirement starting June 14. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 7, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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