Because of the recent changes in the epidemiological situation, all of Québec, except the Cree Territory of James Bay and Nunavik, will be on Maximum Alert (red zone) from January 9 up to and including February 8, 2021.
It is the snowmobiler's responsibility to ensure that his route is safe. It is recommended that you plan ahead your itinery and confirm that the establishments you wish to visit will be open.
It is not always easy to find your way around the many measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is why the FCMQ has prepared an information summary of what will be closed, open, prohibited and authorized on federated trails.
With the winter season about to begin, club volunteers are working hard to ensure that everyone finds something to enjoy and that we can find a little peace and quiet to practice our favorite activity.
Sanitary measures to protect snowmobilers and volunteers are well in place and the clubs will be ready to welcome you in a safe environment.
For more details on the regional alert and graduated intervention system established by the Quebec government, click HERE.
Covid-19, you must exercise caution
The FCMQ would like to make a few recommendations before leaving home for your next ride.
- Create your itinerary and share it by email or text message depending on the digital device used.
- Make sure that the services such as gas stations, restaurants and hotels that you wish to visit while on your ride, will be open.
- Stay tuned to your club's communications to confirm the opening of the shelters that you will cross during your trips.
- Avoid busy hours for your stops to avoid being unable to use the services due to the lack of space. Gatherings are limited in public spaces.
What you need for your rides:
- Spare masks or face covers;
- 70% hydroalcoholic solution;
- Disinfectant wipes;
- Single-use tissues;
- Ziplock bags for disposal of your used belongings.
Access to services may be limited, so don't forget to bring water, snacks, lunch, etc.
Plan to pay by credit card when making purchases during your ride.
Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of viruses spreading. See Preventing transmission of viruses and bacteria.
Anyone who has visited public place must monitor their symptoms and respect the following health instructions:
- Wash your hands often with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds, especially when arriving from outdoors;
- Disinfect your hands with a hydro-alcoholic solution if soap and water are not available.
- Observe good hygiene practices when coughing or sneezing;
- Cover your nose and mouth with the crease of your elbow or with a tissue to reduce the spread of germs.
- If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
- Avoid direct contact for greetings, such as handshakes, and use alternative practices.
- Maintain as much as possible a distance of at least 2 meters (about 6 feet) from other people who do not live under your roof. If this is not possible, wear a face cover.
- Cover your face in public areas and in most enclosed or partially covered public places where it is mandatory for people aged 12 and over.
- Consult a health care professional if you have a fever, cough and have difficulty breathing.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks
Trail interception procedures
The current situation forces us to review our trail interception procedures. The health of our volunteers as well as the health of our members is our priority.
In order to ensure the safety and security of all, a distance of 2 meters must be respected at all times. Interceptions on trails must be done without any contact with the personal documents of snowmobilers.
Trail wardens will ask you to present your documents and, if necessary, a photo of the trail permit could be taken.
On trails, I respect safety! Trail wardens are more than 1200 volunteers dedicated to your safety!