Health recommendations for everyone :
Anyone who has visited any public must monitor themselves for symptoms and follow health recommendations :
- Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
- Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette:
- Cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
- If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
- If you are sick, avoid contact with more vulnerable people, including older adults and people with a weak immune system or a chronic disease.
- Avoid direct contact when you greet someone, such as shaking hands, and use alternative ways to greet people.
- If you must go out, stay at least 2 meters (around 6 feet) away from people who do not live in your household.
For hygienic measures to adopt when you go to the grocery store, see the video Conseils d’hygiène à l’épicerie et pour les fruits et légumes (in French, subtitled in English).
Every individual has their part to play to reduce the risk of spreading viruses. See the Preventing transmission of viruses and bacteria.
If you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus, you can contact the toll-free line 1 877 644-4545. To help you minimize the repercussions of these kinds of reactions on your life, see the Stress, Anxiety and Depression Associated With the Coronavirus COVID-19 Disease.
Wearing a face covering in public
Wearing a face covering in public is recommended when physical distancing is not possible, such as when you go to the grocery store or take public transit. When you wear a face covering in public, you must also follow other safety measures, such as hygiene and physical distancing measures (2 meters).
If you are sick, stay home. If you have to go to a clinic or to hospital, wear your face covering until you are given a procedure mask.
Children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, has a disability or is unable to remove their face covering without assistance should not wear a face covering.
To learn how to make and use your own face covering, look at the Wearing a face covering in public settings in the context of the COVID‑19 pandemic page.
COVID – 19 Self-care Guide
In order to protect you effectively and to better understand the issues related to COVID-19, the Quebec government is circulating a self-care guide to let you know the best ways to protect yourself and to give basic care to the people around you.
COVID-19 – Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety
We are currently going through a difficult period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is normal for you to experience stress and anxiety. Here are some tips to help you reduce the stress you may experience.