The region will take a red line on Thursday at 8 p.m. This means, among other things, that restaurants will have to close again.
Essential businesses will not have to change their way of doing things. They remain accessible to the public. Same scenario for libraries, cinemas and museums which are still open.
From now on, outdoor activities can be practiced by a maximum of 8 people from different homes, unlike 12 in the orange zone.
What the passage in the red zone means.
Finally, the curfew remains the same. Between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., it is therefore still forbidden to be outside your place of residence, except in certain exceptional cases.
A slap for restaurateurs
Steven Guimond Corriveau, co-owner of 9 breakfast restaurants, Pout-Pout virtual poutinerie and La p’tite grenouille, says he feels betrayed.
With 24 hours’ notice, an awful lot of food will be wasted, he says.
On the eve of the long Easter break, you will understand that the refrigerators have been filled.
The loss of employees is also a concern for the restaurateur. According to him, workers will want to find new, more stable jobs.
With 24 hours’ notice, the news also caught Guillaume Pelletier, owner of the Rétro 50 restaurant in Rimouski.
It was the great Easter weekend, the advertising was in place, the fridges were overflowing, the reservation book was full. It’s not easy, he explains.
It’s really a slap in the face.
Claudine Roy, president of the Association Restauration Québec and owner of the Auberge sous les pieds in Gaspé, says it is difficult and expensive to close a dining room with one day’s notice.
The current crisis, of course, is weighing heavily on the restaurant industry. As we recall, there are 3,000 restaurants in Quebec that have closed.
Ms. Roy asks the Quebec government to relaunch the payroll tax credit to 100%.
She also wants the State to give permission to restaurateurs to open the terraces as soon as the good weather returns.
For his part, Pascal Bérubé, the MP for Matane-Matapedia, does not hide his disappointment.
My riding – La Matanie, La Mitis and La Matapédia – is found in the red zone, with few cases, next to a yellow region. There, we will have to have the same restrictions as in Rivière-du-Loup and La Pocatière, where most of the cases are located., he argues.
He regrets that the government did not choose to divide the region in two, as was the case last December, when the east of the territory was in the red zone, while the west was in the orange zone.
The Prime Minister decided not to do it, he regrets.
It’s astonishing, it’s disappointing and my region did not deserve to have conditions as restrictive as the western Bas-Saint-Laurent.
Gyms avoid closing
Gym owners can be happy to have been spared by the new measures announced in Bas-Saint-Laurent on Wednesday.
Stéphan Bolduc, owner of Gymnasyum Rimouski, does not hide his concerns about the increase in the number of cases linked to variants in the region.
He specifies that entrepreneurs are tired. It is up to them to demand that the measures be respected, he said.
We play a bit of the role of the police, and it’s frustrating for us and for our clients as well.
An unenviable position
With the increase in the number of patients and cases linked to variants in recent weeks, the situation is considered worrying by public health authorities.
As of Wednesday, 43 new cases were reported. 303 cases are active on the territory including 217 which are linked to variants.
The Rivière-du-Loup region is particularly affected.
Currently, with 533, the MRCRegional county municipality de Rivière-du-Loup is in first position in Quebec when comparing the rate of the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Follows the MRCRegional county municipality of Kamouraska, with 425 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
For the mayor of Rimouski, Marc Parent, moving to the red zone was “the right thing to do”.
We heard a lot of people talking about Easter. People who potentially organized meetings with family members, who would come to Bas-Saint-Laurent to eat crab.
According to him, the solution lies in the vaccine. The total available doses are expected to increase within the next few weeks for the region, he said.
The number of people vaccinated will thus be more balanced compared to the rest of Quebec.
Even stricter re-containment in certain regions of Quebec
Premier François Legault announces targeted measures for Quebec, Lévis and Gatineau, including the return of the curfew at 8 p.m. and the closure of schools and non-essential businesses.
More than half of the COVID-19 cases recorded in the province will be linked to a variant by the beginning of April, predicted the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ) in its most recent modeling.
These measures do not affect the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.
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