COVID-19 in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean : The health situation is changing rapidly and to ensure you have a great stay in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, plan ahead. To find out if an activity is offered or if an establishment is open, we invite you to contact the business directly. For more information

COVID-19 in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

The health situation is changing rapidly and to ensure you have a great stay in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, plan ahead. To find out if an activity is offered or if an establishment is open, we invite you to contact the business directly. Here are the things to remember when planning your getaway:

Update June 24, 2022

There are currently no restrictions, all businesses and attractions are open and ready to welcome you. For any information, visit the What to do, Where to eat and Where to sleep sections.

Update June 14, 2022

Private gatherings

In homes and the various accommodation units, it is always recommended that gatherings be limited to 10 people or the occupants of 3 households.

Vaccination Proof

Since March 12, 2022, the vaccination passport is no longer required in Quebec. However, presenting a proof of vaccination remains mandatory, according to federal government requirements, for travel within and outside Canada, by train, plane or cruise ship.

Mask and face covering

The requirement to wear a mask or face covering is gradually being relaxed. To find out more, see the Wearing a mask or a face covering in public settings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic page.

Wearing a mask is no longer obligatory.

Here are the exceptions

 - Public transportation

 - Care settings

 - Some workplaces

The health situation is changing rapidly and to ensure you have a great stay in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, plan ahead. To find out if an activity is offered or if an establishment is open, we invite you to contact the business directly. Here are the things to remember when planning your getaway:

Update April 5, 2022

Restaurants et Bars

  • In restaurants, bars and all other similar places, including rented rooms, people must be seated to consume food or drink.
  • When practising karaoke, a distance of 2 metres or a partition is mandatory, if the singer is not wearing a procedural mask.

Private gatherings

In homes and the various accommodation units, it is always recommended that gatherings be limited to 10 people or the occupants of 3 households.

Vaccination Proof

Since March 12, 2022, the vaccination passport is no longer required in Quebec. However, presenting a proof of vaccination remains mandatory, according to federal government requirements, for travel within and outside Canada, by train, plane or cruise ship.

Mask and face covering

The requirement to wear a mask or face covering is gradually being relaxed. To find out more, see the Wearing a mask or a face covering in public settings in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic page.

Update February 9, 2022

Shops and shopping centers

From February 21, 2022: end of the capacity limit.

Restaurants and dining rooms:

From February 12, 2022: limit of 10 people at the same table (or the occupants of 3 residences).
From February 28, 2022: closing at 1 a.m. (end of the sale of food or drinks at midnight).
From March 14, 2022: no capacity limit. Back to regular opening hours.

Compulsory vaccination passport.

Bars and taverns:

From February 28, 2022: limit of 10 people (or the occupants of 3 residences). Limit the capacity of places to 50%. Customers must remain seated.
From March 14, 2022: no capacity limit. Dancing and karaoke allowed. Back to regular business hours.

Compulsory vaccination passport.

Public events (cinemas, events, shows, sporting events etc.):

From February 14: for outdoor events, limit of 5,000 people. Presentation of the mandatory vaccination passport.
From February 21: for indoor events, 50% of capacity. If 1000 spectators or more: implementation of a health protocol. Presentation of the mandatory vaccination passport.
From February 28: for indoor events, end of the capacity limit, for rooms with 10,000 spectators or less. Capacity limit at 50%, for theaters with more than 10,000 spectators. Presentation of the mandatory vaccination passport.
From March 14: opening of the flowerbeds for the dance. No more capacity limits.

Compulsory vaccination passport.

Entertainment venues

From February 21, 2022: opening of arcades, water parks, amusement centers and parks, amusement centers, recreation centers, themed sites, indoor places for bowling, as well as other games of the same nature at 50 % of capacity.
From February 28, 2022: opening of indoor places for the practice of billiards and darts as well as other games of the same nature at 50% of the capacity.
From March 14, 2022: no more capacity limit

Compulsory vaccination passport.

Hot tubs and saunas

From February 14, 2022: opening of spas and saunas at 50% capacity.
From March 14, 2022: no capacity limit.

Compulsory vaccination passport.

To find out more and find out about all the measures, visit Québec.ca/coronavirus


Update of January 31, 2022

From January 31, 2022

Private and tourist accommodation: Up to two bubbles allowed without maximum capacity or a maximum of four people who do not reside at the same address.
Restaurants and dining rooms: could accommodate customers at 50% capacity, with a maximum of two bubbles per table or four people who do not reside at the same address.
Private gatherings: two bubbles with no maximum capacity or a maximum of four people who do not reside at the same address.
Food concessions in ski resorts and snowmobile relay stations: at 50% of maximum capacity
Indoor Entertainment Centers: Be able to accommodate patrons at 50% capacity.

From February 7, 2022

Festivals and events: outdoor reception capacity up to a maximum of 1,000 people.
Festivals and events: indoor capacity up to a maximum of 50% of capacity or up to 500 people.

For all the details concerning the health situation and the measures in progress, we invite you to visit the quebec.ca website.


Update of January 17, 2022

Curfew: Since January 17, 2022, there is no longer a curfew in place in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean as well as in all of Quebec.

Restaurants and bars: dining rooms and bars remain closed to customers. You can get food to take out, order at the car or take advantage of delivery only. Contact the restaurants that interest you in advance since many will have modified and adapted their offer.

Snowmobile relay: the consumption of food or drink inside or in an adjacent building is prohibited. If the relay has a catering offer, take-out meals only are available.

Ski chalets: ban on eating meals inside. Restaurants and food courts closed, except take-out food (which must be consumed elsewhere).

Shops: shops will be able to open on Sundays from January 23, 2022, but will remain open at 50% of their capacity.

Big box stores: big box stores, with the exception of pharmacies and grocery stores, require the presentation of the vaccination passport.

Chalet rental or stay in an accommodation establishment: the vaccination passport is not compulsory for accommodation. Stays in a chalet or in any other accommodation establishment is available for a family bubble only.

Spas and saunas: closure of spas and saunas, with the exception of personal care.

For all the details concerning the health situation and the measures in progress, we invite you to visit the quebec.ca website.


Update September 21, 2021

The vaccination passport has been applied in Quebec since September 1, 2021. All visitors are required to present the vaccination passport in certain public places.

Consult the list of places where the vaccination passport applies

The COVID-19 vaccine passport is an official and free tool certifying that a person is adequately protected against COVID-19.

For all the details concerning the vaccination passport, click here.


Update June 21, 2021

The Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is now in the green zone, which means the following: 

  • The vast majority of businesses are open.
  • Wearing face coverings remains mandatory in indoor public places. Social distancing and frequent hand washing are also still in place.
  • Bars and restaurants are now open. A maximum of 10 people can be seated at the same table.
  • The majority of businesses require advance reservations. A register is also kept in most places. 

For more information on what is possible to visit in the current context, you can refer to the Quebec government website by clicking here. 


Answers to your questions!

Here is a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions to help you plan your dream vacation in our beautiful region. 

Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean advises you at all times to call the businesses directly to obtain truthful information on the activities offered.

 

I live in a region other than Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Can I go there now?

Yes, you can visit Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. 

However, there is still a need to exercise caution and apply the precautions issued by the government to limit the risk of spreading the virus. One thing that will not have changed, however, is the legendary welcome of the local population of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. 

 

The watchwords are simple: 

  • Make your reservations before your trip
  • Find out what activities are available on the site (some institutions may have restricted access as a precautionary measure).
  • Call (as information and measurements change, your best source will still be the institution itself).

 

I want to go to Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in the next few weeks. Will the rest stops and tourist information offices be open?

Yes, for some of them.

The municipal stops, for their part, can decide to open or close. For up-to-date information, Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean suggests that you call directly the municipalities concerned by your questions.

To find out the opening hours of the tourist information offices, Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean suggests that you call the offices concerned directly. 

 

I would like to taste the regional gastronomy during my trip. Will the restaurants be open?

Some will have changed the formula, others will have adapted their dining room to welcome you, one thing is certain: you will taste our local restaurant for sure! Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean suggests that you call the establishments directly and/or consult their Facebook page for up-to-date information.

 

I would like to discover the national parks during my trip. Will it be possible to do so?

Yes, with a few restrictions. 

Most park activities have resumed. However, some activities have not yet been reopened, such as ready-to-camp, some rental services and some trail access. Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean suggests that you call the park offices directly to find out what's available in real time. 

 

I would like to travel to Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Will the attractions and activities be open?

Yes, for most of them. 

The vast majority can now open their doors. You can visit museums, historic sites, interpretation centres, regional and national parks, outfitters and outdoor activities, including equipment rentals (with some restrictions) and guided activities. You can also visit shops and art galleries.

It is possible that some businesses may decide or are obligated to close their doors for the season or offer reduced activities in order to comply with the health measures in effect at the time. 

 

The watchwords are simple: 

  • Make your reservations as far in advance of your trip as possible
  • Find out what activities are available on the site (some institutions may have restricted access as a precautionary measure).
  • Call (as information and measurements change, your best source will still be the institution itself).

 

I want to rent a cottage/cabin in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Will that be possible?

Yes, under certain restrictions.

Each rented unit can accommodate people under the standard expressed by the regional color of the time.