Quebec lifts capacity limits in bars and restaurants — but dancing still banned

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MONTREAL — Quebec lifted capacity restrictions in bars and restaurants on Monday, more than a year after imposing the limits to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Establishments that serve alcohol are now allowed to stay open until 3 a.m. — the closing time that was in place before the pandemic — and the required distance between tables has dropped from two metres to one metre.

Reservations are no longer limited to 25 people, but each table can still only seat a maximum of ten people or groups from no more than three different households. Dancing and singing inside bars and restaurants remain prohibited across the province, and patrons must show proof of vaccination before they can enter.

Meanwhile, health authorities reported 497 new COVID-19 cases Monday and two more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. Hospitalizations rose by eight, to 244, after 19 people entered hospital and 11 were discharged. Sixty-seven people were listed in intensive care, a rise of five from the prior day.

The Health Department said 3,241 vaccine doses were administered in the past 24 hours, and Quebec's public health institute said 87.9 per cent of residents 12 and older are considered adequately vaccinated.

Quebec has 4,415 active reported cases of COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 1, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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