OTTAWA -- The Quebec government is imposing a 10-day lockdown on Gatineau, forcing the closure of schools and non-essential businesses.

Premier Francois Legault announced the Quebec government is moving the Outaouais into the red zone, effective 8 p.m. Thursday. Quebec City, Chaudiere-Appalaches and Bas-St-Laurent regions will also move into the red zone. 

"The situation is even more serious in Quebec, Levis and Gatineau, this means that in the coming days hospitalizations will increase. We must act quickly," said Legault.

"This is why I'm announcing that Quebec, Levis and Gatineau will be on pause for 10-days, until April 12."

The 10-day lockdown will remain in effect for Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais from 8 p.m. April 1 until 5 a.m. on Monday, April 12.

Effective 8 p.m. Thursday, non-essential businesses, schools, theatres, museums, hair dressers and gyms must close for 10 days. There will be a limit of 25 people in places of worship. 

A curfew will be in effect in Gatineau from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Quebec health officials reported 100 new cases of COVID-19 in the Outaouais on Wednesday, a new one-day record for cases of novel coronavirus.


Quebec's Public Health Director is urging Ottawa residents not to cross the Ottawa River to visit Gatineau over the Easter weekend.

Dr. Horacio Arrruda told reporters interprovincial travel should only be done for essential reasons.

"It's highly, highly, highly not recommended to go to those zones, because there's active transmission," said Arruda.

"If you go you must make sure you have distancing, you have your mask. You must understand that stores are going to be closed, restaurants are going to be closed."

The Quebec government says it's talking with the Ontario government to harmonize the restrictions in Ottawa and Gatineau.


A look at the special emergency measures in effect for Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais from April 1 to April 12.

  • The curfew in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • The closure of primary and secondary schools (online learning);
  • The closure of cinemas, theaters and museums;
  • The closure of restaurants (except for delivery and take-out);
  • Closing non-essential businesses;
  • Banning businesses from selling non-essential products;
  • The limit of 25 people in places of worship;
  • Outdoor sports or leisure activities permitted only with people residing at the same address or by a group of eight people with distancing


A look at the COVID-19 restrictions in the red zone for the Outaouais, outside of Gatineau.

Curfew: 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Restaurants; Dining rooms are closed. Delivery, takeout, and drive-through orders only.  Only delivery is possible during the curfew

Non-essential businesses: Open

Museums: Open, in compliance with the measures in force for museum institutes

Cinemas: Open

Libraries: Open to all

Sports and recreational activities: Permitted in outdoor public places for individuals, pairs and members of the same household.  Only indoor activities that are permitted are those that are carried out in pools and at skating rinks, alone, in pairs, or with members of the same household.