Quebec region returned under strict COVID-19 restrictions

Quebec Prime Minister François Legor announced on Wednesday special measures to bring four regions back under strict COVID-19 restrictions, while the other three cities correspond to blockade orders.

Legault Wednesday press conference The four regions (Capitale-Nationale, Outaouais, Chaudière-Appalaches, Bas-Saint-Laurent) will be at level 4 maximum alert (red zone) under Quebec’s color-coded alert system from 8 pm Thursday. Move

The prime minister said the blockade would take place Thursday from 8 pm to April 12 for 10 days as infection rates in the three cities of Quebec, Levis and Gatineau are increasing “exponentially”. ..

Curfew in these three cities will be enforced from 9:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This means that businesses that are considered essential, such as grocery stores, should close at 7 pm.

Legault said the “non-essential” business will be closed as in January and the restaurant will only be open for take-out, delivery and drive-through orders. The place of worship is also limited to 25 people.

The prime minister has promised that the government will revive its financial program to support affected businesses.

Day care and other child care services continue to operate, but parents are advised to leave their children at home if possible to avoid contact.

Preschoolers, elementary and junior high school students stay home for distance learning for the entire duration of the measures imposed.

On Tuesday, Lego said the fifth region, Sagney Lac Sanjan, was concerned, but said the situation in the region is currently stable.

Montreal remains stable

Legault said the situation in Montreal was stable and there were about 300-350 cases per day in the past month. Montreal’s rules remain unchanged for the foreseeable future, but he said people shouldn’t take it for granted, as it can “explode” at any time.

When frequent changes in regulatory measures were criticized as the “yo-yo effect,” the Prime Minister said the situation was changing rapidly as variants of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus were widespread, France and Ontario.

“If I didn’t want to take the risk, I would have closed more in Montreal and made a mistake, because for the time being I was able to give the people of Montreal a little extra space,” Lego said. Said. “But do we have to act in the Montreal region next week? Maybe.”