Public Health Directives

Updated on April 1, 2020.

It is vital that we all thoroughly comply with public health directives. Instructions have been issued regarding returning travellers, gatherings and events, businesses and restaurants, hospital visitors, seniors, vulnerable adults, and Indigenous communities. An overview of some of these directives can be found below. They are updated regularly by the Government of Québec and are available online.


The Government of Québec has ordered the closing of all non-essential stores and services as of Wednesday, March 25, 2020 until Monday, April 13, 2020. Businesses are still permitted to operate via teleworking and e-commerce. A list of which businesses and services are considered essential is available here.


The Government of Québec has ordered the closure of all daycare services (childcare centres, as well as subsidized, non-subsidized, family and non-regulated daycare centres) and learning institutions (elementary and secondary schools, vocational training and adult education centres, private schools, CEGEPs, colleges and universities) until May 1, 2020. Public schools are not expected to offer online courses.

For further information on Québec schools, click here.


Funeral homes in Montreal continue to operate under strict new guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • The Coopérative funéraire du Grand Montréal recommends postponing funerals.
  • The Coopérative recommends limiting attendance to 20 people.
  • Some funeral homes are limiting wakes to the immediate family of the deceased.
  • Paperman & Sons funeral services are strictly private gravesides for immediate family only. Times and cemetery locations will not be published on their website in order to restrict attendance.
  • Receptions are prohibited.

Funeral arrangements must be made by phone (1-877-677-2230). Forms can be delivered to your home and picked up after they have been signed.

Specific governmental guidelines for COVID-19 fatalities:

  • Contact with the deceased is forbidden.

Further information is available at Paperman and Sons and the Coopérative funéraire de Montréal.


Special measures have been put in place due to COVID-19. These measures include the cancelation of citizenships tests, citizenship ceremonies, in-person permanent resident appointments and in-person refugee claim appointments. An overview of these special measures, along with a list of frequently asked questions, is available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.


The Government of Québec is asking individuals not to travel between regions and to stay home.
The Government of Canada has issued a health notice for all Canadians regarding new travel policies and restrictions due to COVID-19, and is recommending the suspension of all non-essential travel outside of Canada. A full overview of these restrictions is available here.

The Government has also released detailed advice for travellers entering and leaving Canada, which can be found here. Regarding what precautions are being taken at Canadian borders, and current restrictions on travellers entering Canada, an overview is available here.

If you, or anyone you know is struggling at this critical time, please call 514-734-1411 or email [email protected].
If you are an existing client with an assigned social worker from Ometz or Centre Cummings, we ask that you please contact them directly.
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