Return to the “red zone” for Bas-Saint-Laurent

Very worried about the epidemiological situation and the constant increase in cases in Bas-Saint-Laurent, the Legault government has announced that the region will return to the red level as of Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m. This decision includes a tightening of sanitary measures, including the closure of restaurant dining rooms, while maintaining the curfew at 9:30 p.m.

According to preliminary information, essential businesses and gyms will remain open in Bas-Saint-Laurent. The same goes for libraries, cinemas and museums which are still accessible. However, the number of people who can do outdoor activities will be more limited.

Quebec also intends to help restaurateurs forced to close their doors again. They had filled the refrigerators with the approach of the Easter holiday.


The Bas-Saint-Laurent region, one of the most affected in the province in proportion to its population, nevertheless avoids a complete pause as will be the case in the Capitale-Nationale, Lévis and Gatineau. In these sectors, we will see a return to the emergency measures that were imposed on the return of the holiday season in January.

“The alarm has sounded”, launched the Prime Minister, François Legault, in a message addressed to Quebecers, in the company of the national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, and the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé.

The measures announced were taken according to recommendations from Public Health. Dr. Horacio Arruda has also refrained from playing yo-yo with the regions and their business people.

“We don’t yo-yo. The color changes took a long time. We add an emergency response in [des] places where something is happening. This is the difference. We do not constantly change bearings, we change bearings in an emergency, ”replied Dr. Arruda, to a journalist’s question on this subject.

Earlier, in his speech, François Legault had mentioned that it was better for the government to “make an imperfect decision quickly”, rather than “to wait too long”, since the situation is changing quickly. He then assured that the epidemiological situation of Bas-Saint-Laurent, like that of other regions, will be closely monitored over the coming days.

“What will happen to Rivière-du-Loup? […] We will take care of the regions where things are increasing too quickly and we will adjust. We can’t wait for all the data […] The situation will be assessed and most likely that we will review the measures in these certain regions, ”he said.

The government once again urges Quebeckers to avoid private gatherings during the Easter long weekend. Citizens must follow the rules “to the letter” and not make small exceptions, otherwise the explosion of cases will continue, it was specified.

“Everyone must be careful in Quebec, insisted Mr. Legault, recalling the presence of variants in several regions. We can see that the impact is faster. ”

Steadily increasing for more than a week now, the number of new people with COVID-19 in Bas-Saint-Laurent has increased by 43 over the past 24 hours, according to information from the report drawn up on March 31 by the CISSS of Bas-Saint-Laurent.

According to the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec, the MRC of Rivière-du-Loup has the highest rate of active cases in Quebec, a ratio of 533 per 100,000 inhabitants. There are currently 186 active cases of COVID-19 only in the Rivière-du-Loup RCM out of the 303 in total in Bas-Saint-Laurent.

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