The Quebec government announces a 10 p.m. curfew starting tomorrow (December 31) in order to reduce the wave of COVID-19 cases. At the moment, the duration of the curfew from 10 pm to 5 am is not specified. The fine for violators will range from $1,000 to $6,000.
“It’s an extreme gesture because the situation is extreme,” says François Legault. The first thing we’ll do when things calm down is lift the curfew. “
In addition, dining rooms in restaurants will have to close from Friday. However, restaurants may continue to offer takeaway and delivery meals.
Gatherings in private residences will also be prohibited, except in the case of a caregiver coming to a single person’s home.
Also, due to a labor shortage that has exacerbated the Omicron variant, businesses in Quebec will be closed for the next three Sundays, January 2, 9 and 16.
Quebec is also evaluating the possibility of extending the vaccination passport application to other places.
Back to class postponed
The return to class at the primary, secondary, college and university levels has also been postponed to January 17. “These are the first institutions that we will reopen,” the prime minister affirms.
Childcare services in schools will be open, but only to children of parents who are essential workers. Childcare services can remain open.
Indoor sports are no longer permitted until further notice.
“We broke a record of cases yesterday with more than 14,000. When we look at the number of cases yesterday in France or the United States or the United Kingdom for example, there have not been many cases in a single day worldwide since the beginning of the epidemic. In a week One, the number of hospitalizations doubled, from 473 to 939 yesterday. There is a real risk that it appears to be exceeding hospital capacity in the coming weeks,” explains Mr. Legault.
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