Quebec Prime Minister François Legault announced tightening COVID-19 restrictions ahead of the long Easter weekend as the third wave of the pandemic begins to hold in the province

As of Thursday, four regions will be upgraded to red zones, the maximum alert level in the province, including Outaouais, Capitale Nationale, Chaudières-Appalaches and Bas Saint-Laurent

Legault made the announcement in Quebec City Wednesday afternoon, just a day after expressing concerns about the rise in infections in these four regions

In Legacy City, special emergency measures are being taken in Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau, with cases increasing almost exponentially, according to Legault

For example, health officials in the Quebec City area reported 111 new cases on Sunday, and within 48 hours that number rose to 194

“For this reason, I am announcing that Quebec, Lévis and Gatineau will be leaving by April 12th April will be off for 10 days, “he said

Schools, non-essential shops, theaters, cinemas, gyms and restaurants, dining rooms are closed from Thursday at 8 p.m.

Restaurants are only allowed to continue working for take-away and delivery. Companies that are allowed to remain open are not allowed to sell non-essential items

Legault said financial aid would be made available to businesses that are forced to close again. He also stressed that closings may be difficult but are necessary to get the economy going again

“The best thing for business and for companies is that we get rid of this virus,” he said. “So it is our top priority that we make decisions that give us this opportunity”

Day care in the school is kept open, but only for key employees, as classes take place online

“For regular childcare, we ask parents who can to leave their children at home,” said Legault

Places of worship are kept open, but are limited to a maximum of 25 people

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When asked whether entry and exit of the affected cities would be restricted or controlled, Health Minister Christian Dubé said that due to the proximity to Ottawa, various scenarios were being examined, but only for Gatineau

“We will find a way to ensure that there is less communication,” he said, adding that discussions are under way with colleagues from the province of Ontario to “make arrangements” “

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford is expected to announce Thursday whether further restrictions will be put in place to curb the spread of the virus in that province

Although no specific measures are planned to limit travel in Quebec City and neighboring Lévis, Quebec’s top doctor said it should be avoided

“It is highly recommended not to visit these zones as there is active transmission,” said Dr Horacio Arruda

Legault urged residents of these areas to stay at home to reduce the number of contacts and avoid the spread of the virus

“Today we say it’s a wake-up call In Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau the situation is very serious,” he said, “So please, it’s not fun and it’s really time to be careful”

He also urged all Quebecers across the province to be more careful and abide by public health guidelines

“With the variants, we can see an explosion of cases in a matter of days,” he said, adding that the government is “ready to act quickly and decisively if the situation worsens in other regions””

“We all know how to avoid infection We have to stay two meters, wear the mask and avoid gatherings in the houses ”


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