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COVID-19 Regional Update: number of cases continue to soar


As the new year begins, the regional public health is reporting 115 new cases of COVID-19. Currently, in the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands there are 522 active cases and 2 hospitalizations.

MRC New CasesActive Cases
Îles-de-la-Madeleine +1259
Gaspé Peninsula Magdalen Islands Total+115522

There are currently, several province-wide measures in place, with the goal to reduce the rapid spread and rising number of cases in the province. Measures include a curfew, closures and limitations to certain businesses.


  • between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.


  • those going or coming from work or transporting goods for a business
  • a person going to the pharmacy
  • returning from a medical appointment
  • going or returning from a vaccination appointment
  • visiting a sick or injured parent
  • students attending in-person evening classes
  • parents taking or picking up children from shared custody
  • for final travel to a destination requiring an inter-regional or inter-provincial bus, train, plane or boat providing ferry service
  • to comply with a court judgment, to respond to a summons to appear before a court, or to exercise custody or access rights as a parent
  • accompany another person unable to drive to a medical appointment or an other essential service.
  • a parent taking a sick child to the hospital or clinic
  • to donate blood
  • homeless people

Offenders are liable to fines ranging from $1000 to $6000 if they are unable to adequately justify why they are outside the home. Young people 14 years of age and over are subject to a $500 fine.


  • Private indoor gatherings (exception members of the same household, visitor or support for person residing alone)
  • Mandatory tele-work for any activity that can take place remotely
  • Meetings or assemblies
  • Private gatherings in rental halls
  • Conferences


  • Restaurant dining rooms
  • Places of worship (exception funerals which are limited to 25 people)
  • All non-essential shops closed on Sundays (convenience stores, gas stations and pharmacies deemed essential)
  • Cinemas
  • Spas and saunas (personal care permitted)


  • Indoor sports suspended (unless individual or in pairs by members of the same household, or a person living alone with one other person)
  • Downhill ski centres and snowmobile relays (indoor access to sanitary facilities and to warm up, but no eating permitted)
  • Outdoor events max 250 people vaccination passport required
  • Stores capacity limit (1 client per 20m2 of sales area)


  • Elementary and high schools return January 17
  • School daycare facilities open to essential workers
  • Childcare facilities remain open as usual.

Vaccination info

Essential workers in the following categories can book their booster-shot appointments

  • All school personnel
  • All public security staff
  • Staff in community organizations in the health and social service sectors
  • Some employees in the agriculture, fisheries and food sectors (food inspectors and slaughterhouse workers)
  • Private-sector healthcare workers
  • Other workers in the health sector (in social-economy enterprises providing home care services, palliative care, etc.)

Beginning on Tuesday, January 4, bookings for booster shots will be opened up gradually and by age group

  • Currently: ages 60 to 64
  • January 4: ages 55 to 59
  • January 6: ages 50 to 54
  • January 10: ages 45 to 49
  • January 12: ages 40 to 44
  • January 17: ages 35 to 39
  • January 17: ages 30 to 34
  • January 19: ages 25 to 29
  • January 21: age 18 and up