Montreal and Laval | Curfew reduced to 8 p.m.

In addition to extending the special emergency measures in Quebec City, Lévis, Gatineau and Beauce by one week, the Legault government will reduce the curfew to 8 p.m. in Montreal on Sunday.

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 4:21 p.m.

Updated at 6:09 p.m.

Alice Girard-Bossé

During a second press conference in 48 hours, Prime Minister François Legault announced Thursday the continued closure of non-essential businesses in Quebec, Lévis and Gatineau. The significant increase in new cases of COVID-19 justifies this decision. Schools will also have to continue distance learning until April 19 and the curfew will remain at 8 p.m.

As a preventive measure, the Legault government will bring back the curfew from 9:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Montreal. “We do not see an explosion of cases in Montreal or Laval, but if there is an increase, we want it to be done as slowly as possible,” said the Prime Minister.

Quebec decreed Thursday that gyms, hair salons, cinemas, performance halls and restaurants (except for delivery and take-out counter) will remain closed in Quebec, Lévis, Gatineau and Beauce until April 19. The maximum number of people who can meet in a place of worship remains at 25. Outdoor sports or leisure activities will continue to be allowed only with people residing at the same address or by a group of eight people with distancing.

Educational childcare services will remain open, but parents who can look after their children at home are urged to do so. Emergency school day care services will only accommodate children whose parents have jobs on the list of priority jobs and services.

Teleworking remains compulsory for everyone, with the exception of employees whose presence is essential.

Faced with a sharp increase in the number of cases, the Eastern Townships also remains under “high surveillance,” said Mr. Legault. “We cannot rule out that if the trend continues, we may not have the choice of placing the Eastern Townships in the red zone. ”

Although the number of active cases remains stable in the Laurentians, Lanaudière and Montérégie, these regions are “closely watched”.

The next few weeks will be critical, said Mr. Legault. At present, the situation in Europe, British Columbia and the Capitale-Nationale is worrying, but can occur anywhere with the introduction of the more contagious variants. “We are not immune to an explosion of cases,” he warned, begging Quebeckers to be more careful than ever.

On March 31, Prime Minister François Legault announced special emergency measures in Gatineau, Quebec and Lévis. The Bas-Saint-Laurent and Chaudière-Appalaches have also entered the red zone for the first time since March 8. Special emergency measures also came into effect on Sunday in several RCMs in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, namely Beauce-Sartigan, Bellechasse, les Etchemins, Nouvelle-Beauce and Robert-Cliche.

Heavily affected regions

La Capitale-Nationale recorded 436 new cases on Thursday. The number of new infections almost doubled on Thursday, while the toll stood at 250 on Wednesday. The region has a rate of 38 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Remember the outbreak of the Mega Fitness Gym is partly responsible for this sudden increase in cases. More than 400 cases of COVID-19 in the region are linked to this outbreak.

The situation is also critical in the Chaudière-Appalaches and Outaouais regions, which recorded 179 and 165 new cases respectively on Thursday. Half of the new cases reported Thursday are in the Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches and Outaouais.

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