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If You Want Weed or Wine in Quebec, You’d Better Get Jabbed

  • Province to require vaccination to enter government-run stores
  • Goal is to protect unvaccinated people ‘from themselves’
Wine in a Societe Des Alcools Du Quebec (SAQ) liquor store in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Wine in a Societe Des Alcools Du Quebec (SAQ) liquor store in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Photographer: Graham Hughes/Bloomberg

Quebec has tried everything from restaurant closures to a curfew to slow down hospitalizations as the omicron variant rages on. It’s now adding a more draconian measure to its arsenal: Requiring vaccination proof to enter government-owned alcohol and pot stores.

From Jan. 18, residents will need a vaccine passport to enter Societe des alcools du Quebec (SAQ) and Societe quebecoise du cannabis stores, Health Minister Christian Dube said Thursday. Other restrictions targeting unvaccinated people will follow, he said.