COVID-19 update: Colour the Outaouais green

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Allyson Beauregard

QUÉBEC – At a news conference on June 22, Premier François Legault announced restrictions would be further loosened in the coming days given the decline in daily case numbers and rising vaccination rates; over 80% of the eligible Québec population has received their first dose.
Beginning June 25, those with two doses of the vaccine no longer had to wear masks for indoor gatherings and a maximum of 3,500 people were allowed at outdoor festivals and large outdoor events.
On June 28, the entire province moved to the green zone: outdoor gatherings of a maximum of 20 people (indoors: 10 people from different residences or the occupants of 3 households); funerals and weddings capped at 250 if people remain seated; and restaurants can have a maximum of 10 people or three private residences sharing the same table (patios – maximum 20 people per table).
Other rules and measures can be found on the government’s website at: www.quebec.ca/coronavirus.
Vaccination
The availability of certain vaccines has been delayed at walk-in clinics. Under the circumstances, Patricia Rhéaume, Centre intégré de santé et
des services sociaux de l’Outaouais (CISSSO) communications agent, said it’s best to make an appointment to avoid wasted trips to a vaccination clinic. Currently, walk-in vaccination is available for first doses of Pfizer and Moderna
as well as second doses of Astra Zeneca.
Booking an advanced second-dose appointment – at an eight week span rather than 16 weeks – has also been difficult in some cases due to the availability of vaccines. As more shipments are received, additional appointment slots will open. Previously booked appointments will be honoured, however.
Shortages of staff
Two schools in Fort-Coulonge–Poupore and St. Pierre–were closed on June 18 due to a shortage of staff related to the COVID pandemic.