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  • David Boudeweel-Lefebvre

Québec in lockdown

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

The Government of Québec held a last-minute press conference yesterday to provide an update on the restriction measures related to COVID-19 in Québec.

Premier François Legault, accompanied by Health Minister Christian Dubé and Public Health Director Horacio Arruda, made adjustments to the current restrictions.


The increase in cases and hospitalizations in some regions, the vaccination that is not taking over, and the Easter vacation have led authorities to confine part of Québec. The Premier has confirmed that Québec is experiencing the third wave, mainly because of the variants.


The government says that these measures will be in place for about ten days, until Monday, April 12. The government does not exclude changing the status of other regions of Québec in the coming days.

GENERAL MEASURES

Here are the details of the government's announcement:


Levels


The following regions will move from the orange zone to the red zone as of Thursday, April 1 at 8:00 pm:

Capitale-Nationale

Outaouais

Bas-Saint-Laurent

Chaudière-Appalaches

The following sub-regions will be subject to special measures (black zone) as of Thursday, April 1st at 8:00 pm:

Québec City and the Québec City metropolitan community (including Levis)

Gatineau and the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais

Details of the zones


Regions that move from the orange zone to the red zone will be subject to the same rules as regions currently in the red zone (e.g. Montreal).


Sub-regions that will be subject to specific measures (black zone) will be subject to these rules

Closure of all non-essential businesses;

Curfew at 8 p.m;

School closures as of Friday, April 2;

Reduction of the capacity of places of worship to 25;

Cancellation of all non-essential activities (public pools, museums, etc.)

Mandatory telecommuting


The government would like to clarify that the black zone is not a new official zone, but rather a series of specific measures.

The new measures are subject to change. The official decree should be in the next few hours. No change in the definition of essential services is applied.

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