Walking your dog is no longer an exception to Quebec’s curfew

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The exception was listed on the state government website on Friday afternoon, but has been removed since Saturday.

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01/01/202240 minutes agoRead for 1 minute Join the conversation Walk the dog near the vaccination center in the Palais des congrés on November 23, 2021.  ( Walk the dog near the vaccination center in the Palais des congrés on November 23, 2021. ( Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /Montreal Gazette

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Are you stuck at home after curfew and your dog has to do his business? If you have a back yard no problem but live in a walkup – better look for some newspapers.

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Unlike the one that ended in May 2021, the nationwide curfew that went into effect on Friday includes no exception that allows people to walk their dog between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., press Canadienne confirmed.

The previous curfew decree stipulated that a person could walk the dog outside after work as long as they were within one kilometer of their home.

Other exceptions to the previous curfew, such as visiting a gas station or accompanying those in need, are still included in the new regulation.

The page on the state government’s website listing the terms of the curfew included an exception for dog trips on Friday afternoon, but it no longer existed on Saturday.

When asked whether the lifting of this exemption was intentional or a mistake, Health Minister Christian Dubé’s office referred the matter to the office of Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault, who referred the matter back to the Health Department.

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