Montreal, Laval going again to eight p.m. curfew whereas 4 different Quebec areas lengthen lockdown

2021-04-09 02:47:00

Quebec is prolonging an present lockdown in 4 areas, saying group unfold of COVID-19 in them is rampant, whereas additionally bringing again an 8 p.m. curfew in Montreal and Laval “till additional discover.”

Each measures take impact Sunday, Premier François Legault mentioned in a press convention Thursday.

The 4 locations with the extended lockdown are Quebec Metropolis, Lévis, Beauce, and Gatineau, which have been reporting document highs of COVID-19 instances.

Quebec Metropolis, Lévis and Gatineau had been put right into a 10-day lockdown final week, and 5 cities within the Beauce space, in Chaudiere-Appalaches, had been added to the group on Monday.

Their present regime of guidelines was set to run out Sunday. Now will probably be renewed till April 18. 

Curfew in these locations can be at 8 p.m. and faculties and non-essential companies will stay closed till the 18th.

“Once we say that it is in the neighborhood, it is in every single place and it is in all age teams” in these cities, Legault mentioned.

“The state of affairs is severe in these locations.”


The Montreal and Laval change is extra of a preventative measure, Legault mentioned. Circumstances appear comparatively secure proper now in these cities, however the province believes that will not final.

In speaking “with the docs and consultants of public well being… everyone is fairly unanimous in saying ‘it is coming in Montreal,'” Legault mentioned.

With the extremely contagious variants, authorities are additionally very anxious about what would occur if outbreaks took maintain within the province’s greatest metropolitan space the way in which they’re doing now in Quebec Metropolis.

“Montreal and Laval are very densely populated, and that implies that if it begins to blow up, it may in a short time create large issues in our hospitals,” Legault mentioned.

The curfew change has no forecasted finish date, however it’s the just one introduced Thursday for Montreal and Laval. Colleges will keep open for now in each cities.

When requested why not, Legault mentioned one of many very prime priorities is to maintain youngsters in bodily faculties so long as attainable.

“As they are saying, we won’t… begin shovelling snow that hasn’t but fallen from the sky,” he mentioned.

Montreal is “secure” and “earlier than closing down the faculties, it must be severe,” he mentioned.

“Now we’re bringing again an earlier curfew, however the faculties, if we will save these even only for one other week or two, it’s so vital proper now.”

Nonetheless, he later mentioned it was “not inevitable” they’re going to have to shut, and that it is presently unattainable to foretell whether or not faculties will be capable of keep open till June. 


The province noticed a severe spike in its COVID-19 instances on Thursday, with 1,609 new infections, the most important day by day enhance in weeks.

Quebec Metropolis alone reported 436 new instances, its highest day by day rely ever. Town, with lower than a 3rd the inhabitants of Montreal, had extra instances than Montreal.

A number of new province-wide guidelines had been already introduced this week. Quebecers will now have to put on masks in any respect workplaces and whereas doing outside actions.

One other area that needs to be on guard for adjustments coming quickly is the Jap Townships, Legault mentioned.

“For the previous few weeks, we had had only a few instances [there], however for a couple of days now, there’s a very vital enhance within the caseload,” he mentioned.

“So the Jap Townships, for us, is underneath excessive surveillance. Public well being is trying preserving an in depth eye on the state of affairs from hour to hour” and the province cannot “exclude” the thought of turning it again right into a crimson zone.

Legault opened up the press convention by talking about individuals’s anger across the back-and-forth within the guidelines, saying he is aware of the general public is drained and pissed off.

However there are good causes to each tighten and loosen restrictions, he mentioned.

“Once we finish the lockdown it is to assist with individuals’s psychological well being,” he mentioned. Deciding how strict to be is “a stability that’s fragile.”

He mentioned that whereas public well being gives suggestions, if individuals are indignant in regards to the restrictions, “there’s one particular person you’ll be able to blame, and it is me.”

Quoting former premier Bernard Landry, he mentioned that “if you wish to be cherished, do not go into politics — purchase your self a canine.”

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