Quebec backtracks, plans to allow dog-walking after curfew | Montreal Gazette

While not currently allowed, the provincial government says it will permit dog walking as soon possible.

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Jan 02, 2022


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Walking the dog near the vaccination centre at the Palais des congrés on Nov. 23, 2021. ( Photo by Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette

Following public outrage, Quebec once again plans to allow dog-walking between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., the hours covered by the province’s latest COVID-19 curfew.


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“As currently drafted in the ministerial decree, the fact of leaving your residence to walk your dog is not one of the exceptions to go out outside of curfew hours,” the ministry of Health and Social Services said in an email to Presse Canadienne.

“However, it is the government’s intention to include this missing exception again as soon as possible,” added spokesperson Marie-Hélène Émond.

The decree for the province’s previous curfew, which ended in May 2021, specified a person would be permitted outside after hours for the purpose of walking a dog, so long as they stayed within one kilometre of their residence.

Other exceptions to the previous curfew, such as going to a gas station or accompanying someone in need of help, are still included in the new decree.

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