Quebec vaccine passport big box stores

Quebec to require vaccine passport at big box stores, curfew officially over Monday

Canadian Tire, Walmart and Costco are among the businesses where the entry rule will be implemented as of Jan. 24.

In an ongoing press conference this afternoon (see the embed below), Quebec Premier François Legault announced that the vaccine passport will be required at big box stores that are 1,500 square metres in size or more, excluding grocery stores and pharmacies. Legault and Health Minister Christian Dubé mentioned Canadian Tire, Walmart and Costco as examples. This extension of the passport requirement, which will come into effect on Jan. 24, follows last week’s announcement that proof of vaccination will be required to enter the SAQ and SQDC as of Jan. 18.

Legault also confirmed the news that the curfew will end on Monday, Jan. 17, which leaked last night

It was also announced that retail businesses will be permitted to reopen on Sundays as of Jan. 23, following three weeks of mandatory closure.

The reason given for the lifting of public health measures such as the curfew, and for the reopening of schools (also on Jan. 17), is that the government believes that the Omicron wave has peaked in this province. This conclusion, Legault says, was reached last night by experts who’ve analyzed the data relevant to case counts — the daily pandemic case counts announced publicly are no longer relevant as the province is not recording the majority of cases via PCR tests. The Premier warned, however, that hospitalizations are due to increase and reach their peak in the coming days.

Quebec to require vaccine passport at big box stores, curfew officially over Monday

This article was originally published at 3:23 p.m. and updated at 3:54 p.m.

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