Wishing to give “a little oxygen” to traders, Prime Minister François Legault hinted on Saturday that certain health restrictions could be lifted from February 8, if the situation allows.
The head of government did not expand further on what could be decided, indicating to take advantage of the weekend to “weigh the pros and cons”.
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He still said he should take stock of the situation next Tuesday at 5 p.m.
“It can still change for all kinds of reasons, but for now, we plan to announce our decision next Tuesday at 5 pm. It will give everyone time to adjust by February 8, ”the Prime Minister wrote in a Facebook post.
François Legault reiterated, however, that all current health measures will remain in place at least until February 8.
It was this date that was set in January, when the government announced the imposition of a curfew and the extension of restrictions on so-called non-essential businesses.
These measures currently apply to almost the entire territory of Quebec, but in several regions where the pandemic appears to be under control, calls have multiplied in the past few days for flexibility.
The government has already indicated Thursday that it intends to return to a differentiated approach based on regions, but it has not specified whether it will reintroduce the color level that was in effect in the fall.
If we go back to this old scale, not only non-essential businesses could reopen in green, yellow and orange zones, but also dining rooms and gyms.
In the Quebec City and Montreal regions, where the level of propagation remains high, hopes are however much more tenuous.
Remember that restaurants, bars and training centers have been closed since October 1. Non-essential stores and hair salons had to close shop after Christmas, like everywhere else in Quebec.
“What guides me in the current context is prudence. I tell myself that I must above all protect the health and safety of Quebeckers, ”insisted François Legault in his last Facebook post.
The Prime Minister also recognized that he has the “heavy responsibility to decide questions which affect the lives of so many people”.
In view of the announcement scheduled for Tuesday, he ensures to consult the national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, and his Minister of Health, Christian Dubé.
With regard to the curfew, the government already said Thursday that it was satisfied with its impacts and that it could very well therefore remain in place.