Quebec’s New Vaccine Regulations For Shopping In-Store

It seems there is no end to it. What started in 2020 is still happening. COVID-19 is still impacting our day-to-day lives, and new restrictions are still being implemented. Now, new restrictions have to be followed by shoppers in Quebec who prefer to shop at a store rather than online. Here’s what’s changing.

Proof of Vaccination at Major Stores

According to the new guidelines, proof of vaccination will be required to enter big-box stores like Walmart and Costco with a surface area of over 1,500 square meters. Grocery stores and pharmacies are exempted from the new restriction.

The Quebec government has clarified that it put this measure to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.

On January 13, Premier François Legault stated that a person would need to have two doses of vaccination before entering a large establishment. It will change to three doses with time.

The Worry

The Retail Council of Canada stated that it worries that checking vaccination passports might be another blow for businesses already dealing with labor shortages. Michel Rochette, the President of the RCC, stated, “The real challenge today is to manage the public reaction because there will be longer lineups in front of some stores that offer essential products.”

The Hope

About ten days back, Premier Legault expressed hope that they would be able to reopen restaurants, theatres, cinemas, and more in the next few weeks. Concert halls, movie theatres, dining rooms, and sports facilities are all closed as of now.

He also stated that the government is considering imposing a fine on people who refuse to be vaccinated and have no medical reason for doing so. He stated that there would be a debate in the National Assembly in this regard before a decision was made. The bill regarding it might be tabled as early as February.


About 52 more COVID-19 deaths were reported, stated the province. On Monday, 2,807 new cases were reported, but this tally cannot capture the scope of the virus spread as PCR testing is limited only to specific high-risk groups.

On the East Coast, Labrador and Newfoundland hit a new high when 21 people were hospitalized due to COVID-19. The province reported 349 new cases this Monday, and 31st COVID-related death was also confirmed.

In New Brunswick, three more deaths linked to COVID-19 were announced, and 131 patients were hospitalized due to the disease. About 12 of them were in intensive care.

One COVID-19 related death was also reported at Prince Edward Island by the chief medical officer. In an official statement, Dr. Heather Morrison said that the individual who lost their life was in their 80s. Two hundred nine new cases of COVID-19 were also reported, which brought the active case count to 2,484 cases.

Over the last week, 279 (average) cases were reported daily, and nine people were recovering in hospital, out of which one was in intensive care. The island recorded 6,125 cases of the disease since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. Get the updated data on COVID cases in Quebec here.


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