The celebrations will have been of short duration after the first stages of deconfinement. François Legault plans to tighten the screw during the break week to avoid a new outbreak of contaminations.
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If the drop in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations is encouraging, the school break which is fast approaching worries the authorities at the highest point.
The government fears that cottage rentals, activities with friends or extended family will reignite the epidemic, as was the case during the holiday season.
With great evils, great means. The establishment of roadblocks between regions to discourage travel and a stricter application of the curfew during the first week of March are not excluded, even in the orange zones, the Prime Minister said at a press conference on Tuesday. .
“We are looking at different scenarios to put additional measures for the week of March 1, because, traditionally, in the spring break, there are a lot of mixtures in the population,” he insisted.
François Legault warned Quebecers against the temptation to organize group outings with other families or to ask grandparents to look after the children.
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The restrictions in view for the school break should not, however, influence the decisions that will be taken by February 22 for certain regions where the situation has improved, according to the Prime Minister.
Quebec and Chaudières-Appalaches, which have an encouraging record in terms of the number of cases and hospitalizations, are impatient to switch to the orange alert level.
Secondary 3, 4 and 5 students
François Legault, however, rejected the idea of granting flexibilities for students of 3e, 4e and 5e secondary school, who only attend school every other day. According to data collected by the Quebec federation of educational institutions, the pandemic has boosted their failure rate.
For the president, Nicolas Prévost, distance education has “an impact” on the learning of young people. He is asking that senior high school teens be able to be in class full time again, at least in orange zones.
Proud that Quebec has kept its schools open longer than other jurisdictions, the Premier admitted that reducing classroom learning hours will have an impact on student success. “Jean-François Roberge has already announced tutoring measures. Should measures such as holiday camps and remedial camps be added? At this point, nothing should be excluded ”.