Quebec Revises Curfew on New Year’s Eve

The Quebec Government has reinstated the curfew from 31 December, lasting from 10 pm to 5 am the next day.

Quebec Prime Minister François Lego Thursday press conference The curfew has been enforced indefinitely.

“This is an extreme action because the situation is extreme,” Lego said. He added that curfew would be the first health order to be removed by the government once public health conditions are controlled.

The premiere also announced that the restaurant would need to close its dining room on Friday to provide only takeaway services.

The curfew, along with other public health restrictions, was brought about in the light of the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 and the rapid spread of Omicron variants.On Thursday, the state reported record heights 14,188 infection, And a total of 939 hospitalizations — an increase of 135 compared to the previous day.

Lego said the state is expected to report more than 16,000 cases on Friday.

He also said schools, junior colleges and colleges will suspend face-to-face lessons until at least January 17. Private indoor gatherings are also banned from Friday.

With the exception of funerals, the place of worship must also be closed on Fridays, with attendance limited to 25 people.

“We have to act quickly. The situation is evolving rapidly,” said Lego. “As decision makers, we have a responsibility to act. We can wait for all kinds of research and details, but it is better to act and adjust a little later.”

Quebec is Canada’s only state that has imposed a curfew during a pandemic. The state previously imposed a curfew on January 9 to prevent the proliferation of COVID-19 cases and hospitalization.The limit was free Canceled on May 28..

Earlier Thursday, the Institute for Reporting to the Government of Quebec (Institut National d’excellence en sante et en services sociaux) released modeling to predict a pandemic scenario that would worsen in the next three weeks.Of regular and intensive care units

Modeling suggests that hospitalizations with COVID-19 can range from 1,600 to 2,100 and that the number of patients requiring intensive care is between 300 and 375.

Canadian Press contributed to this article

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.