Important Reads


March 19, 2021


The Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) provides workplace health and safety standards (guided by 5 principles) intended to manage risks related to COVID-19. Among these is the mandatory usage of the following 2 pieces of personal protective equipment, when distancing of 2 metres is not possible between workers and from any other person:

  • Procedure Mask, AND
  • Eye Protection (safety glasses or face shield)

A reusable face covering is NOT adequate personal protective equipment at work.

ALL workers must wear medical procedure masks and have no interaction with customers. If there are interactions with customers within 2 metres, without a physical barrier, eye protection is mandatory and the customers must wear face masks.

Furthermore, due to the new variants of the virus, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec recommends the wearing of masks at all times in the workplace.

Go here for more details on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 on the job.

Here are more useful links to information about protection:


Depending on the alert level in the region in which they are located, commercial sugar shacks may accept customers if they adapt their practices to offer a safer experience in the current pandemic context.

In Level 3 – Alert (Orange) Zones, commercial sugar shacks may serve dining customers by complying with the regulations applicable to restaurants:

  • Two adults per table, with their own minor-aged children or persons requiring assistance
  • Reservations are mandatory
  • A registry must be kept with all customers’ contact information (names, phone numbers, and email addresses, if applicable)
  • Proof of residence must be requested from customers to ensure they live in an orange, yellow or green zone
  • Distancing between tables (2 metres) or plexiglass barriers
  • Face masks must be worn at all times except when customers are seated and properly distanced
  • Taffy on snow service provided at tables

You will find more details at: Directives de santé publique concernant la réouverture des salles à manger et des autres lieux de consommation du secteur de la restauration .

Shows and Activities:

Sugar shacks in orange zones may not present entertainment and serve food at the same time.

  • When food is being served and people are eating, the regulations for restaurants apply.
  • Food may not be served at the same time of a show or performance.
  • During such a show or presentation, the regulations applicable to performance spaces are in effect:
    • The wearing of procedure masks is mandatory at all times.
      • If a mask is removed momentarily in order to eat or drink, the person must remain silent.
    • Audience members must remain seated in their assigned places.
    • A distance of 1.5 metres is required at all times between persons not residing at the same address, even while seated.

Outdoor activities are governed by the regulations in force for orange zones:

  • Groups are limited to 8 persons or to occupants of the same private residence
  • Compliance with all applicable regulations, including physical distancing of 2 metres between groups and people not residing at the same address
  • Taffy on snow service at, for example, picnic tables or in facilities that allow family bubbles to be served separately. Gatherings and proximity to others are to be strictly avoided during this activity.

Employer Attestation Concerning Travel 

Québec citizens have been required to observe a curfew since the beginning of 2021. At present, curfew time in red and orange zones begins at 9:30 pm.

Maple production has been deemed an essential service, so maple producers may conduct their business activities as long as they follow the health regulations in place. This means that maple industry workers can circulate during curfew hours in the course of their duties, but they must be able to show justification for being away from home.

It is therefore strongly recommended that employers complete the Employer Attestation Concerning Travel During the Curfew Decreed by the Gouvernement du Québec and give copies to all their employees. They will have to produce this document if requested by police.

Employer Attestation

Maple enterprise owners should carry proof of ownership with them while travelling during the curfew.


Reminder of Health Guidelines

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) between people
  • Wearing a mask when distancing is not possible
  • Frequent disinfection of tools and any objects touched by different people
  • No gatherings (indoors or outdoors)
  • Application of physical distancing measures during rest and meal breaks (no gatherings)
  • Employees may eat at the same time in the same room if they can be separated from one another by over two metres
  • If a large enough dining room is not available, mealtimes should be staggered to limit the number of people there at any one time
  • No sharing of cups, glasses, dishes, or utensils.


If a person in your business tests positive for COVID-19, even though you have taken all precautions, you are obliged to notify public health officials through the Qué website or by calling 1-877-644-4545.

This situation tends to evolve rapidly so we urge you to consult the Government of Québec’s COVID-19 website regularly. It is of utmost important that you know the latest health and safety guidelines, and be in compliance with them.